The one-year anniversary of the Unite-the-Right rally in Charlottesville was supposed to be commemorated by Unite-the-Right II in Lafayette Park in front of
the Kremlin Annex, er, the White House. All sort of counter-protesters were there (estimates were in the hundreds if not thousands), the police was there, everything was set for a big moment.
Even Hair Furor had tweetered out his dogwhistle du jour:
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
And then fewer than 40 Racists showed up. The numbers are disputed (but not by much):
Axios: A “few dozen white nationalists [were] surrounded by barricades and vastly outnumbered by police, let alone the thousands of counter-demonstrators.”
Tiger Beat on the Potomac: “About 30 rally-goers, representing a loose coalition of groups including white supremacists and neo-Nazis, arrived at a metro station in Vienna, Virginia Sunday afternoon and took the Metro into the city, where they headed toward Lafayette Square across the street from the White House.”
Reliable Sources: Jeff Greenfield tweeted: “Would have been way better if networks had led tonight with: ‘After all the hype, about 25 white supremacists — that’s right, TWENTY FIVE — marched in DC today. ‘ [pause] Back to you at the anchor desk.”
So, with something like 20-or-more protester per racists, it was really a non-event. I guess the Master Race crowd is not all brave?
One year ago, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville carrying guns and tiki torches and chanting Nazi slogans, like “Jews will not replace us.”
Hey, Nazis, remember when you walked around with your stupid tiki torches chanting “you will not replace us”?
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 12, 2018