A pro-Trump hate group, ACT For America, just canceled 67 rallies, planned optimistically to happen in 36 states, after this past weekend’s alt-racist rally in downtown Boston only attracted 40 wannabe Nazis and about 40,000 counter-protesters.
America’s largest grassroots anti-Muslim group used the platform of the white nationalist movement to issue what amounts to a press release, according to The Hill:
Breitbart News reported that the group ACT for America is nixing the rallies “given the security issues of organizing public events.”
ACT for America is listed as an anti-Muslim extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which reports that it was founded in response to the 9/11 terror attacks and has repeatedly conflated average Muslims with [Islamic extremists.]
Make no mistake, the white nationalist group anti-Muslim group is closely aligned with Trump’s “fine people” in the Nazi movement. Raw Story reports that their events last year featured some of Charlottesville’s worst villains:
In June, ACT organized simultaneous “March Against Sharia” events throughout the U.S. that attracted armed militia groups, white nationalists and other members of the alt-right, including the “blood and soil” fascist group Vanguard America and white nationalists Identity Evropa.
That’s right. Even though ACT is protected at their hate speech and intimidation demonstrations by a flock of semi-automatic rifle wielding guys trying to look tough in fatigues, they cited fear of their own personal security in the wake of this weekend’s peaceful Boston counter-demonstrations.
The Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR) had been urging cities to beef up their police training to handle hate group demonstrations, but now the ACT For America group says they’re going to run an online discrimination campaign instead. That makes your internet weather forecast on September 9th cloudy, with a heavy chance of Russian bots or angry Trump voters screaming anti-Muslim screeds.
That makes your internet weather forecast on September 9th cloudy, with a heavy chance of Russian bots or angry Trump voters screaming anti-Muslim screeds.
In fact, the real reason the Islamophobic white nationalist group doesn’t want to march this weekend isn’t security. As the Democratic Coalition’s Chairman Jon Cooper tweeted, they’re probably just afraid of looking foolish in front of a massive counter-protest like they did last weekend in Boston.
BREAKING: After alt-right organizers saw huge counter-protests in Boston, they've canceled 67 "America First Rallies" scheduled in 36 states
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 22, 2017
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