A far-Right and pro-Trump rally being organized and promoted by white nationalists, Proud Boys, and militia groups is also finding support from pundits on Fox News and even within the Trump administration.The “Millions MAGA March,” also known as “Stop the Steal,” is being called for this Saturday in Washington DC.
Speaking on Fox News, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated that:
[S]he expects the turnout at Saturday’s “Million MAGA March” in support of President Trump to be “quite large.”
According to the Washington Post:
Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller responded to a tweet Thursday in support of the rally, saying, “Love the outpouring of support for @realDonaldTrump!”
Not to be outdone, pro-Trump Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has also promoted the event on his Twitter account.
This support is coming even as neo-Nazis and white nationalists that took part in the deadly Charlottesville Unite the Right rally are stepping up to play a key role in the “Stop the Steal” rallies happening in the lead up to DC. On November 11th, Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist, Unite the Right attendee, and Holocaust denier rallied with over 100 Trump supporters at the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, stating that people would keep protesting until the electors gave their votes up to Donald Trump. Speaking into a mega-phone, Fuentes declared, “We’re not remaining in our homes – we’re on the streets now!” Patrick Casey, another Groyper leader and the former CEO of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, which then rebranded into American Identity Movement, is also expected to attend the DC rally.
The Stop the Steal march today in Lansing, MI was lead by Groyper leader and white nationalist, Nick Fuentes. He’s in the front with the megaphone. https://t.co/hVAjj7bivl
— Devin Burghart (@dburghart) November 11, 2020
Other far-Right groups are expected to make an appearance in DC as well. On November 13th, a large group of heavily armed Boogaloo Boys converged in Richmond, Virginia to support a pro-Trump rally organized by InfoWars, who, like Fuentes, are organizing a caravan to DC. Media reports that white nationalist groups such as the American Guard are also expected to attended, along with the neo-fascist pro-Trump street gang the Proud Boys, far-Right militias the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters, as well as a flood of far-Right grifters and conspiracy theorists.
Despite the hype, according to the Washingtonian, none of the rallies that are being promoted online currently have a permit, although one group has applied for a “free speech” rally:
At least three pro-Trump rallies are planned for Freedom Park in DC this Saturday. There’s just one possible hitch: None of them appear to have filed the paperwork for a permit. No groups with the name “Million MAGA March,” “Stop the Steal,” or “March for Trump” have applied to host a rally at Freedom Park this weekend, says NPS spokesperson Mike Litterst. The only application the Park Service has received is for a “Freedom of speech rally” from an entity called “Cindy Chafian Women for America First.” The organization listed on the application has promoted the “March for Trump” on its Facebook page.
According to Hatewatch:
“Stop the Steal” is a reboot of a 2016 project launched by convicted felon Roger Stone to dispute votes in multiracial neighborhoods. “March for Trump,” is a brand for the event which was promoted by FOX News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday. Twitter users retweeted Hannity’s post advertising the event over 11,000 times in less than 24 hours, offering an indication of the potential enthusiasm for the event.
While many have argued that the recent legal challenges to the 2020 election by Trump along with the various rallies in support of him have more to do with gathering donations and creating a supportive narrative in the media and among his base than handing him the election; the DC rally represents a very real threat. It shows that in the face of Trump losing the Presidency, the various MAGA factions from grifters with real connections to the Trumpian State and massive online platforms, heavily armed far-Right militias, insurgent Boogaloo Boys, street fighting Proud Boys, and ideological white nationalists – are all willing to work together despite their differences. In short, the DC rally represents the biggest attempt at unity on the far-Right since the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which united neo-Nazi, white nationalist, Alt-Right, Proud Boy, KKK, and militia groups. The only difference this time, is that the Trump administration and Fox News is explicitly signaling its support for these groups which for the past two months, have carried out ongoing campaigns of attempted murder, kidnapping, and violence.
#DefendDC from white nationalism and secure a trump-free future.
Together we can block the alt-right:
We’ll see you Nov 14th noon 1st and maryland NE (subject to change, check day of)
Wear all black to show solidarity, wear a mask because covid-19. pic.twitter.com/eEWwhx0c1o
— All Out DC (@All_Out_DC) November 13, 2020
If this new coalition of white and pro-Trump nationalists is allowed to mobilize and hold the streets, these mobilizations will continue and grow. Regardless of if Biden is installed by the electoral college, Trump will remain as a key player within GOP and far-Right politics. If the street forces seeking to support him aren’t stopped in their infancy, they will only grow in power and influence towards their ultimate goal: of becoming the auxiliary shock troops of the State; ready to engage in violence against the Left and communities of color at a moment’s notice.
The last time white liberals told people to stay home, laugh at the fascists, we got Trump.
The stakes are very high right now, if trump mobilizes a pro coup street movement he’ll likely succeed in over turning the election.
If he doesn’t we’ve defeated the right for now pic.twitter.com/L3vS3ixNjx
— All Out DC (@All_Out_DC) November 13, 2020
As we have seen over the past 5 years – it’s been mass mobilization, and mass mobilization alone which has had the power to push the far-Right off the streets and keep our communities safe from these groups seeking to build a full on fascist movement.