A band of racists outnumbered by the police officers who are there to protect their free speech rights. https://t.co/Qd5MWzQGcZ
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 12, 2018
Never have so may protected so few who have accomplished so little. https://t.co/6f3hyqFOtf
— WhiteAnxietyHat (@Popehat) August 13, 2018
Local news in the Washington Post, “White-supremacist rally near White House dwarfed by thousands of anti-hate protesters”:
White supremacists held a rally in Washington on Sunday, and almost no one but their opponents and the police showed up.
Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of last year’s violent and deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, wanted to hold an anniversary demonstration there, but the city wouldn’t let him. So he brought his show to Washington, where he hoped 400 supporters would join him for a rally at Lafayette Square, across from the White House. Fewer than 40 turned out.
The group was met by thousands of protesters who filled their half of the leafy, seven-acre park chanting “Go home, Nazis!” “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” and “Black lives matter!” They drowned out whatever message Kessler and his small band of followers had hoped to deliver — and that was their goal.
For opponents, the day felt like a victory, albeit an often tense and angry one…
how was the big incel unity rally?
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) August 12, 2018
At the site where the march is supposed to begin, and the cops are so bored that they’re tossing a ball with a police dog
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) August 12, 2018
The counter protest deserved the attention. A city, with no representation in Congress, coming together to reject murderous fascism with an energy and spontaneity the President is utterly incapable of. https://t.co/bqYh4vD9B1
— zeddy (@Zeddary) August 12, 2018