In Trump’s Amerika, we need a calendar to track potential protest carnage

❝ People are freaking out about a potential clash between a ‘gang’ of ‘outsiders, misfits, and weirdos’ called the Juggalos and far-right Trump supporters…

Juggalos — fans of the Insane Clown Posse — and a far-right, pro-Trump coalition are both staging marches in Washington, DC on the same day.

And, with both groups promising enormous crowds, a clash between the two groups on September 16 seems likely…

❝ Organizers announced the pro-Trump “Mother of All Rallies” on Sunday, describing the event as the “Woodstock of American Rallies” to defend what organizers call traditional American values and culture. While the march is explicitly nonviolent and inclusive, organizers such as the Alt Knights have stated missions of street activism and “confrontation,” and were involved in organizing the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally.

A “Woodstock” of super-patriots, the chickenshit flavor of bigots who crank out lies in the tradition of Establishment politicians, differ from Charloteesville Nazis and Klan members only in levels of hypocrisy. The intent, direction and funding for much of this crap is interchangeable with any other cell of Right Wing losers.

❝ Meanwhile, Juggalos are marching for a very different issue — to protest being classified as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” by the FBI.

While the Insane Clown Posse draws thousands of fans to festivals, many people are in the dark on what Juggalos actually are. According Juggalos, they’re one of the most misunderstood groups of people in the US…

Freaks in the Frank Zappa sense can be useful, even productive, against bigotry, conformity to reactionary culture, social and political backwardness in general. You can also end up with nothing but intellectual laziness, the Lumpen ethos that has characterized déclassé revolt probably since the first Children’s Crusade.

I haven’t confidence in either side of this confrontation having the political savvy, discipline or direction to produce anything other than confrontation theatre. On the 16th, I’m more likely to be watching Liverpool at West Brom on television than a DC clash between uptight, sterile, rightwing stiffs and a herd of pretend clowns convinced they’re relevant to civil liberties.

9 thoughts on “In Trump’s Amerika, we need a calendar to track potential protest carnage

  1. Trigger happy says:
  2. Annie Getchur says:

    (Aug. 22, 2017) “Left, Right Both Hyping Dubious Craigslist Ads Purporting to Prove Other Side Is Recruiting Actors for Trump Rally”
    Meanwhile, the individual who took video of protesters including Heather Heyer being run over in Charlottesville, Virginia, writes in Politico on Tuesday that he and his parents have been stalked and harassed by far-right extremists accusing him of being a “CIA operative” or left-wing plant who is “funded by (choose your own adventure) George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, the IMF/World Bank, and/or a global Jewish mafia to orchestrate the Charlottesville attack in order to turn the general public against the alt-right.”
    “How I Became Fake News : I witnessed a terrorist attack in Charlottesville. Then the conspiracy theories began.”
    “We’re in a poisonous atmosphere that is being increased by the president of the United States. It’s like turning on the gas in a room, any match could lead to an explosion, and we’re getting that kind of atmosphere from this president.” (Rev. Al Sharpton)

  3. Donnybrook says:

    “Turd Reich: San Francisco dog owners lay minefield of poo for rightwing rally” (Guardian UK 8/24/17) When a group of far-right activists come to San Francisco to hold a rally this Saturday, they will be met by peace activists offering them flowers to wear in their hair.
    Also, dog shit. Lots and lots of dog shit.
    (6:30 8/25/17) “San Francisco’s mayor says he doesn’t trust a right-wing group that says it’s canceling a rally in the city on Saturday. Mayor Ed Lee said Friday night that despite organizers saying it’s called off, they have not cancelled the event in writing so the city is proceeding as though it’s still happening.”
    The group said it still intended to attend a rally on Sunday in nearby Berkeley, which has seen a number of violent standoffs between rightwing protesters and anti-fascist activists this year.
    “We’re going to put our effort and resources into Berkeley,” Patriot Prayer organizer Joey Gibson said in a Facebook Live broadcast. “Berkeley is a better situation because we don’t feel that we’re walking into a trap.”

  4. Juggalos v. Nazis says:

    It’s easy to make fun of Juggalos, the oft-misunderstood fans of clown-painted rappers Insane Clown Posse, but some are embracing them as a line of defense against white supremacy in the U.S. The Juggalo March on Washington, a protest against the U.S. government’s classification of Juggalos as a gang, will take place at the National Mall tomorrow, Sept. 16 …same time and place as the pro-Trump “Mother of All Rallies.” Hard to imagine the American culture wars would come down to this but here we are – get your bets down before the window closes.

  5. Fight Club says:

    “Proud Boys, the Infamous Right-Wing Brawlers, Head to the Heart of Antifa Country
    A Portland rally set for early next month looks set for political violence as the street-brawling Proud Boys descend upon the city with counter-protests from antifa groups.”
    “Who are the far-right Proud Boys?”
    Proud Boys [Southern Poverty Law Center]

    • Tyler says:

      “Portland, Oregon, is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes between a right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counterprotesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city.
      A rally organized Saturday by Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson was expected to be the third to roil Portland this summer. Two previous events ended in bloody fistfights and riots, and one counterprotester was sent to the hospital with a skull fracture.
      This time, Gibson changed the venue from a federal plaza outside U.S. District Court to a waterfront park so some of his Oregon supporters can carry concealed weapons as they demonstrate. Chartered buses will bring participants from Vancouver, Washington — where Gibson lives — to downtown Portland with armed security on board.”

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