Con­ser­va­tives told to protest Trump

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS - – Wash­ing­ton Post

WASH­ING­TON – With a rally in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Trump sched­uled to take place on the Mall Satur­day, one of the best-known icons of the white na­tion­al­ists who helped pro­pel Trump to power said con­ser­va­tives should be demon­strat­ing against the pres­i­dent, not for him.

Richard B. Spencer, the Alexan­dria, Va., res­i­dent who coined the term “alt right” and has be­come its om­nipresent spokesman, said he had no plans to join the pro-Trump forces mus­ter­ing in Wash­ing­ton in light of the pres­i­dent’s new will­ing­ness to shield il­le­gal im­mi­grants brought to the coun­try as chil­dren from de­por­ta­tion.

“If any­thing, I would be protest­ing Trump this weekend,” Spencer said.

His com­ments came as the na­tion’s cap­i­tal pre­pared to host what may be the year’s most mot­ley col­lec­tion of po­lit­i­cal ral­lies Satur­day, in­clud­ing the demon­stra­tion in sup­port of the pres­i­dent, an­tiTrump counter protests and a demon­stra­tion by fans of the rap-metal group In­sane Clown Posse, who are protest­ing their FBI des­ig­na­tion as a crim­i­nal gang.

Po­lice have wor­ried about fric­tion among the groups along the lines of the clashes be­tween white su­prem­a­cists and left-wing demon­stra­tors that led to deadly ri­ot­ing in Char­lottesville last month.

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