D.C. sees pro-Trump, anti-Trump ral­lies and ... jug­ga­los

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION - By Ashraf Khalil

WASH­ING­TON — Or­ga­niz­ers had dubbed it the Mother of All Ral­lies and hoped to bring out thou­sands to pack the Na­tional Mall on Satur­day in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. In the end, hun­dreds of flag-wav­ing demon­stra­tors did their best to make some noise in sup­port of the pres­i­dent.

The pro-Trump rally was part of a day of di­verse po­lit­i­cal demon­stra­tions in the nation’s cap­i­tal. It was pre­ceded Satur­day morn­ing 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 U.S. 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 out­num­bered the anti-Trump 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 1,500 jug­ga­los staged an all-day rally and con­cert to protest what they say is class-based dis­crim­i­na­tion by law en­force­ment.

A 2011 re­port by the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s Gang Task Force la­beled the jug­ga­los, who fa­vor ex­ten­sive tat­toos and out­landish face paint, a “loosely or­ga­nized hy­brid gang.” It’s the same clas­si­fi­ca­tion used for overtly vi­o­lent gangs such as the Bloods and the Crips.

The rap duo has de­vel­oped an in­tensely de­voted fan base over the course of a 25-year ca­reer, and its fans claim to be a non­vi­o­lent com­mu­nity.

Pro­test­ers chanted “fam­ily!” as well as sev­eral ob­scene slo­gans aimed at the FBI.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the pro-Trump demon­stra­tion had urged peo­ple to at­tend by say­ing: “If you stand for pa­tri­o­tism and free­dom, this rally is for you!”

Although far fewer peo­ple turned out than the or­ga­niz­ers ex­pected, per­haps not sur­pris­ing in Wash­ing­ton, an over­whelm­ingly Demo­cratic town, the demon­stra­tors were de­ter­mined to show their sup­port for the pres­i­dent.

Trump was not in town to ap­pre­ci­ate his sup­port­ers. He was spend­ing the week­end at his golf club in New Jersey be­fore at­tend­ing the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly next week.

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