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Title: Washington, D.C., Braces for 'Unite the Right 2' White Nationalist Rally
Source: Fortune
URL Source: http://fortune.com/2018/08/11/unite-the-right-2-rally-dc/
Published: Aug 11, 2018
Author: Bloomberg Staff
Post Date: 2018-08-11 16:31:50 by IbJensen
Keywords: None
Views: 139
Comments: 5

Washington is bracing for a white nationalist rally that law enforcement agencies will try to prevent from descending into a melee like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia, that cast a shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency a year ago.

Marking the anniversary on Saturday, Trump condemned “all types of racism and acts of violence,” a shift from his widely-criticized equivocation of 2017.

Permits for Sunday’s “Unite the Right 2” rally indicated that about 400 demonstrators are expected in Lafayette Square, a park adjacent to the White House. More than 1,500 counter-protesters plan to gather at various downtown locations, including in the same park.

In August 2017, white supremacist demonstrators and counterprotesters squared off in violent clashes in Charlottesville, site of the University of Virginia. The conflict culminated in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, when James Alex Fields Jr., whose social media accounts included posts espousing white supremacy, purposely drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

‘On Both Sides’ Trump drew condemnation in the days that followed when he appeared to equivocate the actions of white supremacists and those that opposed them.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. He added that the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville included “some very fine people.”

Criticism came from within Trump’s administration, including from Gary Cohn, at the time the president’s economic adviser. Some Republican lawmakers also pushed back, although initial statements by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t mention Trump by name.

Trump’s remarks also led to a series of business leaders announcing they would exit a council providing assistance to the administration. The advisory group was then abolished.

‘Senseless Death’ The president is at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course, and is scheduled to return to Washington on Monday. “The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division,” Trump said Saturday on Twitter. “We must come together as a nation.”

Preparations have been in the works for Sunday’s event for months between law local enforcement agencies, U.S. Park Police and the U.S. Secret Service.

Police plan to close more than a dozen streets in downtown Washington and cordon off broad sections of Lafayette Square to separate the opposing demonstrators, said Peter Newsham, chief of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.

“We have seen in the past where these two groups have been in the same area at the same time, it leads to violent confrontations,” Newsham said at a press briefing Thursday.

Firearms Ban “Our goal is to prevent that from occurring. Every police action that you will see on Sunday will be done with the ultimate goal of ensuring the safety of everyone that attends,” he said.

Police will enforce a complete ban on firearms in and around the demonstration areas on Sunday, including for those with local permits to carry concealed weapons, Newsham said. Organizers of the alt-right rally likewise warned attendees to not bring firearms or other weapons, including pepper spray, clubs, knives and shields.

Incendiary as it may be, by Washington standards Sunday’s gatherings will be tiny. The 2017 Women’s March, held the day after Trump’s inauguration, drew an estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million people. Events over the decades focused on civil rights, LGBT rights, abortion, ending the Vietnam War and other issues have drawn crowds well into the hundreds of thousands.

‘White Civil Rights’ Jason Kessler, 34, organizer of both the Charlottesville rally and Sunday’s demonstration, calls himself a “white civil rights” activist and said his goal is to spark a conversation while keeping everyone safe.

Speaking by telephone on Friday, Kessler said he’s feeling a lot better about the safety precautions for the Washington rally.

“It couldn’t have possibly been worse than Charlottesville — they weren’t just incompetent, they were malicious,” Kessler said of the authorities in Virginia. “They wanted people to fight so they could deny us our First Amendment rights.”

Mark Lance, a philosophy professor at Georgetown University and an organizer of some of Sunday’s planned the counter-demonstrations, said Kessler’s call for “white civil rights” was meant to obscure the beliefs of those that rallied in Charlottesville.

“They marched chanting the slogans ‘Jews will not replace us’ and ‘blood and soil,’ a classic Nazi chant,” Lance said of the Virginia rally. “We know what they mean by ‘white people have rights.’ ”

Shut it Down The counter-demonstration organized by Lance’s Shut It Down D.C. coalition will feature minority, immigrant and other groups targeted by white nationalists, said Lance, “so that people can see overwhelmingly that these folks are unacceptable and are invaders in our town.”

Lance also expressed optimism that law enforcement will be fully prepared.

“D.C. police deal with protests every week and more or less have unlimited resources. I certainly predict that they will be much more professional and much more even-handed and do much more to contribute to safety,” he said.

Sunday’s rally comes less than three months before midterm elections to determine whether Republicans maintain their majority in Congress. Democrats and independents are defending 25 seats in the Senate, compared to eight for Republicans, and need to win an additional net 23 seats to take over the House of Representatives.

The president’s approval rating remains high among Republican voters, leaving most members of his party in Congress loathe to publicly criticize him.

Any response from Trump to this year’s demonstrations could have consequences as Democrats look to harness outrage for electoral gains. Polls and recent primary races show Democrats outperforming expectations heading into the final months of the campaign.


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#1. To: IbJensen (#0) (Edited)

Gavin McInnes: Virginia Unite the Right Rally DISAVOWED

http://officialproudboys.com/news/gavin-mcinnes-virginia-unite-the-right-rally- disavowed/

Makes you wonder just exactly who the Unite the Right ralliers really are??

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-08-11   16:47:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: CZ82 (#1)

This popped up when I googled your link:

OOOPS, SORRY! WE COULDN'T FIND IT

Any further info regarding the forces behind organizing?

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2018-08-11   16:54:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: IbJensen (#2)

I really hate silly shit like that I just had that link open...

Gavin McInnes: Virginia Unite the Right Rally DISAVOWED

by Based In Colorado

June 21, 2017, 5:46 am 20.3k Views

In a rare decision, Gavin McInnes has officially announced that the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, scheduled on August 12th, has been disavowed. I personally am not surprised by this. The rally is not about “uniting the right,” it is an attempt to lump civic-nationalists in with ethno-nationalists in order to make them seem like the same thing.

FUCK.

THAT.

This rally, hosted by Jason Kessler, has speakers such as Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Workers Party, a writer for the Daily Stormer named Johnny Monoxide, Mike Enoch of the Right Stuff, and Dr. Michael Hill of the League of the South.

Here’s the deal, I don’t really consider most of these people to the right. Since when is how far right you are decided by how racist you are?

The Traditionalist Workers Party are socialists, in my mind that disqualifies you from being on the right. I cringe every time I hear a Traditionalist Workers Party member refer to another member as “comrade,” which they regularly do.

I was glad to hear that Gavin agrees with my premise. In a statement, Gavin McInnes said:

“ “BEEN ASKED A LOT ABOUT THIS “UNITE THE RIGHT” THING GOING ON IN AUGUST. THE ELDERS HAVE TOLD ME TO DISAVOW. I GET THAT IT’S ABOUT FREE SPEECH AND WE WANT EVERYONE – EVEN WHITE NATIONALISTS – TO HAVE THAT RIGHT BUT I THINK IT’S COMING AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO DISTANCE OURSELVES FROM THEM. I’M NOT PUNCHING RIGHT. I’M JUST NOT COMING TO YOUR RALLY – NO OFFENSE.”

Looking at this rally, it doesn’t even look like a rally that fits in with Proud Boys. The imagery looks like something that comes from 1930 Germany. Where are your American flags? Or are you trying to appease those speaking in your group who aren’t even proud Americans. Nearly every single one of your speakers do not believe in American values. Just look at this flyer and try to tell me it doesn’t look like Nazi propaganda:

The truth is, we don’t need white supremacists in Proud Boys. We are western chauvinists, not racists, and welcome anyone who agrees with that. We don’t give a shit what the color of your skin is, but nearly all of the speakers at this event can’t seem to do anything but talk about skin color. I understand that antifa and the rest of the radical left will continue to call Proud Boys racist. That doesn’t mean we should become racists, or share a stage with racists.

I also understand that the left doesn’t disavow their extremists in antifa and Black Lives Matter, but we’re better than the left. We are able and willing to take the trash out and distance ourselves from our extremists.

So here’s the deal Proud Boys, if you want to go to the rally, I can’t stop you. But just don’t fucking wear your Fred Perry, or decide to belt: “Proud of Your Boy.” Remember, we don’t allow racists in Proud Boys, if you decide to rub elbows with those people in colors, you very well could find yourself being disavowed.

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-08-11   17:00:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: IbJensen, incomplete firearms ban (#0) (Edited)

Police will enforce a complete ban on firearms in and around the demonstration areas on Sunday

I predict that the Police will be the first ones to violate that ban.

At a minimum, antifa will be armed with the usual... Bicycle Locks to bash anyone that they don't like over the head with.

Who's sponsoring this event, Javanka, Sheldon Adelson, George Soros, Chuck Schumer, and Bibi?

The Peacekeeper

hondo68  posted on  2018-08-11   17:40:21 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: IbJensen (#0)

Why not?

Does "Unite The Right" Have Leftist Roots?

Strange as it may seem, while the far left Southern Poverty Law Center calls Unite the Right founder Jason Kessler “a relative newcomer to the white nationalist scene,” it also claims the following: “Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.”

https://freedomoutpost.com/does-unite-the-right-have-leftist-roots/

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-08-21   7:46:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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