Trump fans face off against counter-protesters in Washington DC ahead of ‘Million MAGA March’
Trump supporters have faced off against counter-demonstrators during a rally outside the White House on Friday, amid fears of violent clashes over the weekend.
Fans of the 45th President were making their way down Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C. when they came up against crowds of left-wing activists brandishing signs ridiculing the Commander-in-chief over his election loss.
Many of Trump’s supporters are in the capital for the planned ‘Million MAGA March’ set to take place tomorrow.
POTUS appears to be paying close attention to the demonstrations, sharing a tweet Friday afternoon saying he may even make an appearance, despite the risk of violence.
‘Heartwarming to see all the tremendous support out there, especially the organic rallies that are springing up all over the country, including a big one on Saturday in DC. I may even try to stop by and say hello. This election was Rigged, from Dominion all the way up & down!’
Trump supporters have faced off against counter-demonstrators during a rally outside the White House on Friday, amid fears of violent clashes over the weekend
Fans of the 45th President were making their way down Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C. when they came up against crowds of left-wing activists brandishing signs ridiculing the Commander-in-chief over his election loss
Trump appears to be paying close attention to the rallies, sharing a tweet Friday afternoon saying he may even make an appearance at tomorrow’s ‘Million MAGA March’
Right-wing groups including the Proud Boys plan to rally at Freedom Plaza at noon on Saturday to support Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread election fraud, and march from there to the Supreme Court.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany predicted that the turnout would be ‘quite large’.
Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio confirmed to CBS News that the group plans to attend, and said organizers expect some 10,000 participants, despite the name of the event. Freedom Plaza has capacity for about 13,000 people.
Left-wing groups have announced plans for massive counter-protests, including Refuse Fascism and the They/Them Collective, which describes itself as an ‘anarchist abolitionist collective.’
As both sides prepare for Saturday, Airbnb pulled a reservation after a customer was found to be renting a property in order to take part in the ‘Million Maga March.’
Right-wing groups including the Proud Boys plan to rally at Freedom Plaza at noon to support Trump. Above, a supporter wears a flag at a Proud Boys rally Portland in August
Freedom Plaza is seen in a file photo. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany predicted that Saturday’s turnout would be ‘quite large’
Left-wing groups have announced plans for massive counter-protests, including They/Them Collective, which describes itself as an ‘anarchist abolitionist collective’
Refuse Fascism said it will rally at Freedom Plaza 30 minutes before the Million Maga March, and hopes to block to pro-Trump rally from taking place.
‘We are gathering non-violently,’ Lucha Bright of Refuse Fascism told WUSA-TV. ‘We are not intending to engage them. We want to overwhelm them with our numbers. If they attack us, that is not out of the realm of possibilities of what they do.’
‘But we are hoping, especially if we gather in large numbers, that we will overwhelm them with our strength,’ Bright said.
Left-wing group They/Them Collective also plans a ‘F*** MAGA’ counter-protest at Freedom Plaza, urging attendees to ‘wear black’.
‘We are asking leftist communities and accomplices to come together to shut this rally/march down!’ the group said in announcing the demonstration.
Proud Boys leader Tarrio has been emphatic that his group would not shy from using force in self-defense, telling CBS News: ‘We’re known for fighting back. I’m not going to hide that, I’m not going to apologize for it.’
He argued that the Proud Boys and right-wingers had been unfairly portrayed as instigators of violence, however.
‘There’s 70 million pissed off Americans and not one building has been burned down. I think if the president wouldn’t won that night, there would have been chaos,’ he said.
Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio (right last month) confirmed to CBS News that the group plans to attend, and said organizers expect some 10,000 participants
Infowars host Alex Jones (seen last week) said ‘the cavalry is coming’ as he urged Trump supporters to descend on Washington in ‘caravans’
People march to Black Lives Matter Plaza last week during a demonstration organized by Refuse Fascism, one of the groups planning to counter-protest
Tarrio predicted ‘chaos in the streets’ if Trump were to succeed in his legal challenges to the election, which President-elect Joe Biden was projected to win.
Meanwhile, Airbnb pulled a reservation after a customer was found to be renting a property in order to take part in the ‘Million Maga March.’
The We Will Be Ruthless Twitter account alerted Airbnb to a booking made by Ronald Gaudier, an apparent self-described Proud Boys member.
Responding to the tweet, Airbnb said it had cancelled the reservation, adding: ‘We really appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Anyone affiliated with hate groups has no place on Airbnb.’
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Proud Boys as a hate group. The group denies that it is racist.
Women for America First first promoted Saturday’s event, calling it the March for Trump, and other right-wing groups including the Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, and Truckers for Trump plan to take part.
The We Will Be Ruthless Twitter account alerted Airbnb to a booking made by Ronald Gaudier who planned to attend the Million Maga March
Responding to the tweet, Airbnb said: ‘We really appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Anyone affiliated with hate groups has no place on Airbnb’
Controversial Infowars radio host Alex Jones said he planned to lead a ‘Stop the Steal’ caravan to DC on Friday night ahead of Saturday’s march.
During his show Tuesday, Jones said ‘the cavalry is coming’ as he urged Trump supporters to descend on Washington in ‘caravans’.
Prominent white nationalist Nick Fuentes, the leader of the so-called Groyper Army, has also promoted Saturday’s event online.
Organizers indicated that they plan to march from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court at around 2pm Saturday.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed police will be on hand to facilitate peaceful protest and maintain order.
‘I huddled with my team this morning about an additional report of a caravan that might be starting somewhere in the South culminating here. We continue to follow those activities and be prepared for those activities,’ Bowser told reporters.
‘Our police chief will have a similar posture this weekend as he did last week. And we will be there to support peaceful exercise of First Amendment demonstrations,’ she said.
Various right-wing groups have been promoting Saturday’s pro-Trump rally in DC
Left-wing groups including Refuse Fascism plan to counter-protest the pro-Trump rally
Bowser this week recommended that local business owners who boarded up their properties in anticipation of possible violence and looting following the election remove the protective material.
When asked on Tuesday if the upcoming rally by Proud Boys changes her recommendation, she said: ‘It hasn’t.’
‘Should I think that something needs to change with that recommendation, I’ll make that statement,’ the mayor said.
When asked what the city plans to do if Proud Boys members openly carry weapons, she said it was a ‘police matter.’
While open carry is illegal in Washington, DC, gun owners can apply for a concealed carry permit.
It’s unclear how many protesters plan to attended the marches in the nation’s capital this weekend. Sizes of the groups and accounts organizing the events range from having tens of thousands of followers to under 100 or less.
Videos that are being circulated across WhatsApp, TikTok, and YouTube appear to be wide-reaching, however, racking up hundreds of thousands of views across all platforms.
The events will be held exactly a week after hundreds of thousands took to city streets all around the country on Saturday in celebration of all major news networks calling the election for Biden.
Biden secured victory in a number of key swing states, such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan to push him and running mate Kamala Harris over the needed threshold of 270 Electoral College votes.
Biden supporters are seen outside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center last week
Trump supporters gather outside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center last week
While Biden has called for unity, Trump has so far refused to concede the race and continues to insist that he actually won the election.
Last week, three men associated with the Proud Boys were ‘stabbed and slashed’ in Washington, DC, on Wednesday morning after spending election night celebrating Trump at a bar near the White House.
DC police confirmed that they are looking for three suspects involved in an altercation in the 700 block of 14th Street Northwest at about 3.20am on November 4.
Two of the suspects were described as black males wearing all black clothing. The third was a black female wearing black sweatpants with a white stripe, orange leggings and a dark gray coat.
Police believe the suspects were linked to Black Lives Matter protests, according to WUSA.
The victims were transported to a hospital, where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, NBC News reported.
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio told the Gateway Pundit that he was slashed in the stomach while fellow member Bevelyn Beatty was stabbed in the back
Tarrio claimed that his group was attacked after they stepped in to help another older man who was being assaulted.
‘We were helping some guy that was getting stabbed by two black males and one female,’ Tarrio said.
‘Bevelyn got stabbed as well as two Proud Boys and the guy they were attacking. I got slashed, but it’s not serious. We were walking to our cars.’
Who are the Proud Boys?
Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes started the all-male Proud Boys in 2016. McInnes and the Proud Boys have described the group as a politically incorrect men’s club for ‘Western chauvinists’ and deny affiliations with far-right extremist groups that overtly espouse racist and anti-Semitic views.
The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Proud Boys as a hate group, saying that its members often spread ‘outright bigotry’ and ‘anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric’ over the internet, and have posted social media pictures of themselves with prominent Holocaust deniers, white nationalists and ‘known neo-Nazis.’
Current leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, marched in the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right rally in 2017.
McInnes filed a lawsuit against the SPLC in February, challenging the addition of his organization to a list of hate groups.
Proud Boys have been involved in a series of high-profile violent clashes at political events.
In New York City in October 2018, police arrested several Proud Boys members who brawled with anti-fascist protesters following a speech by McInnes at a Manhattan Republican club.
Proud Boys members also have frequently clashed with counterprotesters at rallies in California and Oregon.