Trump skips town, but still focus of competing rallies in DC
President Donald Trump skipped town for the weekend, but that didn’t stop demonstrators from making him the focus of competing rallies in the nation’s capital that highlighted the stark political divisions in the United States.
Kicking off a Saturday of diverse demonstrations, about two dozen protesters gathered in Lafayette Square, a park just across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, to demand that Trump take strong action against Russian leader Vladimir Putin in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
They carried signs that said “We’re not PUTIN up with it!” and “Protect American Democracy.” After their rally, marchers headed to the home of the Russian ambassador a few blocks away.
Nearby, on the National Mall close to the Washington Monument, a larger proTrump event got underway. Organizers, on the event’s website, appealed for people to “help send a message to Congress, the media & the world” that “we stand united to defend American culture & values.”
The pitch to would-be participants: “If you stand for patriotism and freedom, this rally is for you!”
Trump was spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey before attending the U.N. General Assembly next week.
Later, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, thousands of juggalos, as supporters of the rap group Insane Clown Posse are known, readied for a concert and rally. They intended to push their demand that the FBI rescind its classification of juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, people gather on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday to attend a rally in support of President Donald Trump in what organizers are calling ‘The Mother of All Rallies.”
Protesters gather at the White House in Washington, Saturday during a rally encouraging President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to defend American democracy from Russian interference.