Counter-protesters turned up by thousands on Sunday to show the several dozen white nationalists who showed up for the Unite the Right rally in Washington D.C. that love wins. Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler said he expected up to 400 like-minded people to attend his rally on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville, Va. gathering at which angry hordes of angry white nationalists carrying tiki torches advanced a racist agenda.
Instead, Unite the Right rally attendees were met with sidewalk chalk messages of love and inclusion at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
Chalk art people have left for the white supremacists at Foggy Bottom Metro station to see when they come up the escalators. #UniteTheRight2 #AllOutDC #ShutItDownDC #LoveTrumpsHate pic.twitter.com/vI5nwurnYW
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 12, 2018
At a counter-rally in Freedom Plaza not far from Kessler’s planned white nationalist throw-down, speakers addressed racism, LGBTQ issues, anti-Semitism, and more, according to USA Today.
Meanwhile, one group of counter-protesters chanted “No KKK, no fascist USA."
“Chop, chop, chop, chop, this racism crap has got to stop,” became another popular refrain.
— Prop Joe (@coolstory_joe) August 12, 2018
Avowed white supremacist Kessler also organized last year’s rally in Charlottesville that resulted in three deaths where a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was senselessly mowed down by a rage-fueled Unite the Right supporter in a car, and where two state troopers died in a helicopter crash near the protest.
Donald Trump, who refused to condemn the violent white nationalists in Charlottesville last year, even in light of the deaths, tweeted on Saturday in attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of those who may have forgotten that his response to that carnage. Responding to news of the deaths last August, Trump said that both sides were to blame and that there were, “very fine people on both sides.”
Tweeting on Saturday, he attempted to walk that back that particularly low point in his tenure.
The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018
He followed that tweet up by patting himself on the back with a tweet loaded with superlatives about what he’s purportedly done for people of color regarding unemployment and prison reform. Although, he failed to provide hard proof.
“I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history,” Trump tweeted. “Now I’m pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance. I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!”