There were so few participants they could have held it in somebody’s backyard.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
The racists wanted a show of force, a two-hour rally, and the respect of the nation’s capital. They got none of it.
Instead, the two dozen or so white supremacists were outnumbered by more than 1,000 protesters. The group relied all day on a heavy police presence to escort their rally and then, before it was even scheduled to start, they fled in police vans.
Unite the Right II, meant to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville hate rally, was a bust. Its organizer, Jason Kessler, had spent the previous year accumulating enemies, from white supremacists who attended his first rally to thousands of anti-fascists protesters who were ready to shut down his sequel on Sunday.
Kessler’s faction assembled in a Virginia subway station in the afternoon. Rather than face protesters at the subway station’s entrance, they lingered by a private bus until a swarm of police—more than one officer per white supremacist—rushed them into the station.
Police had previously suggested three private train cars for the white supremacists, in order to keep them separated from protesters. But the small group couldn’t fill a single train car, even with their police escort.
Here is the precious moment when rally organizer Jason Kessler, or as he is often known, “That guy from the mail room,” finds out he cannot bring long sticks to the rally.
OMG, this video of Jason Kessler on the Vienna Station platform frantically making a call after they take his wooden flag poles away is delicious. #ShutItDownDC #UniteTheRight2 #AllOutDC pic.twitter.com/JMCha0PRV2
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 12, 2018
“We can’t take five-foot long poles downtown to hit people of color with? What?”
So I guess this means the race war is off?