If you are superstitious then today is a day when bad things can happen, it’s Friday the 13th. Superstitions aside, however, Tomorrow (11/14/2020) is a day all Americans should be concerned about.
The Proud Boys, a violent far-right group which Donald Trump told to “stand down and stand by” during a September presidential debate, are currently on their way to a rally in Washington DC, scheduled for Tomorrow.
The rally is dubbed as the “Million MAGA March” and is a take on the Million Men March which was first started in the nineties by leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan.
The concurrent demonstrations in the capitol, including the Million MAGA March as well as various “Stop the Steal” events, are a physical manifestation of the outrage that’s spread in conservative circles online, and are expected to attract a broad cross-section of Trump-supporting factions, including radical anti-government vigilante groups like the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, followers of conspiracy-peddling outlet Infowars, alt-right activists, neo-Nazis, as well other supporters of the president.
As part of the demonstrations, these far right racist groups are also planning to march at Black Lives Matter square.
Many of the groups reportedly haven’t filed for or been accepted for events permits, and some of their organizers have been de-platformed from Facebook, Eventbrite and Mailchimp for spreading misinformation and other violations of those networks’ policies.
Washington mayor Muriel Bowser said she’s aware of groups like Proud Boys planning to attend, and is monitoring the situation.
“We continue to follow those activities and be prepared for those activities,” Ms. Bowser told The Hill. “And we will be there to support peaceful exercise of First Amendment demonstrations,” she added.
The planned demonstrations have inspired a series of counter-events, including events called “F*** MAGA” from local anti-fascist and anarchist groups, who have brawled in the past with groups like the Proud Boys in cities like Portland.
Tomorrow could be worse than any previous brawls however. The Proud Boys have the blessing of the president and have been on stand-by to act as directed by the president. Earlier this week, the president fired the secretary of defense and replaced him with a Trump loyalist.
Since election night, Trump has not spoken to the nation despite the coronavirus spiking to the worst levels. Trump plans to speak to the nation this evening. One has to wonder, will he be speaking to the nation has a whole or will he be using the opportunity to give instructions to the Proud Boys and other racist groups on the eve of their Million Maga March.