‘Mother of all Ral­lies’ just a min­now

The New Zealand Herald - - WORLD - Ashraf Khalil — AP

Or­gan­is­ers had dubbed it the Mother of all Ral­lies and hoped to bring out thou­sands to pack the Na­tional Mall in Wash­ing­ton in sup­port of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

In the end, hun­dreds of flag­wav­ing demon­stra­tors did their best to make some noise in sup­port of the Pres­i­dent, who skipped town to his New Jersey golf club for the week­end.

The pro-Trump rally yes­ter­day was part of a day of di­verse po­lit­i­cal demon­stra­tions in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal that high­lighted the stark po­lit­i­cal di­vi­sions in the US. It was pre­ceded by a small anti-Trump protest near the White House, where about two dozen peo­ple de­manded tougher ac­tion against Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in re­tal­i­a­tion for Moscow’s in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 US elec­tion. Wear­ing T-shirts that read, “We’re not PUTIN up with this any­more,” the demon­stra­tors staged a brief rally be­fore march­ing to the nearby home of the Rus­sian am­bas­sador.

While the pro-Trump demon­stra­tors clearly out­num­bered the an­tiTrump con­tin­gent, both sides were dwarfed by the jug­ga­los, as sup­port­ers of the rap group In­sane Clown Posse are known. In front of the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial, about 1500 jug­ga­los staged an all-day rally and con­cert to protest what they say is class-based dis­crim­i­na­tion by law en­force­ment.

Or­gan­is­ers of the pro-Trump demon­stra­tion had urged peo­ple to at­tend by say­ing: “If you stand for pa­tri­o­tism and free­dom, this rally is for you!” Far fewer peo­ple turned out than the or­gan­is­ers ex­pected. Wash­ing­ton is an over­whelm­ingly Demo­cratic town.

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