— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) June 23, 2017
Hey look, they're not wrong about everything. https://t.co/eC1fZWHoDV
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) June 23, 2017
DC readers: You may want to stay away from the tourist areas this Sunday. Per the Washington Post, “‘Alt-right’ and ‘alt-lite’? Conservatives plan dueling conservative rallies Sunday in D.C.” —
Dueling conservative rallies will be held Sunday in Washington after a split over the involvement of white nationalist Richard Spencer.
The “Freedom of Speech Rally” at the Lincoln Memorial originally included controversial conservative personalities and two people arrested this week after interrupting a production of “Julius Caesar” in New York.
But when some potential participants discovered that Spencer, known for his racial rhetoric, was on the bill, they withdrew and decided to hold a “Rally Against Political Violence” near the White House instead. Liberal protesters also plan to rally Sunday on the Mall to counter the conservative demonstrations.
The “Rally Against Political Violence” — headlined by Roger Stone, an adviser to President Trump during his campaign — is intended to condemn the attack on Republican congressmen during their June 14 baseball practice in Virginia and the “depictions of gruesome displays of brutality against sitting U.S. national leaders,” according to the event’s Facebook page. Stone didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Corey A. Stewart, a darling of the alt-right — a small, far-right movement that seeks a whites-only state — who narrowly lost in last week’s Virginia Republican gubernatorial primary, will also speak at the rally, his first major public appearance since his defeat. Stewart campaigned on unwavering loyalty to Trump, defending Virginia’s Confederate monuments and condemning what he called an “unhinged” left and the eventual GOP nominee Ed Gillespie, whom he blasted as a Washington insider and “cuckservative.”…
According to National Park Service permits for the two rallies, 400 people are expected to attend each event…
… including 150 undercover agents of various ‘national security’ orgs, and half as many self-styled ‘freelance journalists’. Looks like the Antifas are getting savvier, at least:
…Mike Stark, a member of the left-leaning D.C. United Against Hate, said his group also will be at the Lincoln Memorial. It has applied for a permit and is in contact with the Park Service, although the agency had not issued a permit as of Thursday afternoon….
Hoping to avoid any confrontation, the far-left D.C. Anti-Fascists Coalition will have a counterdemonstration of its own on Sunday — the “Really Really Free Speech Rally” — at D.C. police headquarters.
“We are the ones who materially have our actual speech impinged upon on a regular basis,” organizer Lacy MacAuley said. “It’s not a body of people who are white dudes.”…
The SPLC has much more granular detail, if you’re curious [trigger warning: ugly stupid
people memes cited]:
… Although the alt-right presents itself as a new kind of white male nationalism rewired for the 21st century, it is proving in practice to have many of the same qualities as its old 20th-century forebears: Riddled with infighting and internecine quarrels, the product of a movement whose sociopathic agenda attracts similar personalities, ego-driven and contentious.
The infighting, which first erupted last week between far-right Oath Keepers and white nationalist alt-righters, deepened this week when two factions — outright white nationalists and committed racists on one hand, and alt-righters (dismissed as the “alt-light”) who disavow them and their politics while embracing the movement agenda — squared off on social media over a series of “free speech” events aimed at provoking left-wing counter-protests and, potentially violence…
Seriously, though — these goobs are getting hopped up on their own rhetoric, encouraging each other to FIGHT BACK!!!1!!, and it’s not always going to end quietly when they insist on whipping their neuroses out in public.