As Unite the Right protesters descended upon Washington, D.C. to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their 2016 Charlottesville, VA rally that turned deadly, it turned out that only a couple dozen showed up.
Reporters on the ground immediately took note of the diluted support on Sunday, tweeting out photos and videos in which police appeared to far outnumber white supremacist demonstrators.
Counter-protesters came out in greater numbers, marching through the capital under the watch of heavy police presence, which monitored the crowd to keep any flare ups in check.
Jason Kessler, who was in D.C. leading the Unite the Right rally, even admitted his efforts fell flat, according to Mediaite’s Caleb Ecarma.
Check out the first-hand accounts and reactions below:
— Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) August 12, 2018
A band of racists outnumbered by the police officers who are there to protect their free speech rights. https://t.co/Qd5MWzQGcZ
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 12, 2018
There’s about 2 dozen white supremacists. https://t.co/3Y3RMMPv0G
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) August 12, 2018
A lot of people pointing out there aren’t many racists marching today but you have to keep in mind most of them are pretty busy right now running their campaigns as GOP candidates https://t.co/c6QlOb00z1
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) August 12, 2018
Can’t stress enough how underwhelming the #UniteTheRight2 #unitetheright group is. Twenty MAGA dudes walking inside of 100s of cops, 100s of media, and 1000s of counter demonstrators down F street pic.twitter.com/BQZBpn9oME
— Scott Heins (@scottheins) August 12, 2018
There are more Lime scooters out here than white nationalists #UniteTheRight2
— Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) August 12, 2018
How many thousands of taxpayer dollars are being spent today to give private accommodations to White supremacists? Ironic that #UniteTheRight2 is essentially 25 nazis and thousands of cops. #CopsAndKlanGoHandInHand pic.twitter.com/76Gm34bXeo
— Advancement Project (@adv_project) August 12, 2018
“Behind the police there is a small number, maybe a dozen, maybe 20 of the white supremacist ralliers. Many of them are wearing masks or wearing helmets disguising their faces carrying American flags,” @krisvancleave reports as #UniteTheRight2 protesters march to Lafayette Park. pic.twitter.com/G62SDVFOQ1
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 12, 2018
Jason Kessler is now giving his speech, which he began by admitting his rally is a flop pic.twitter.com/lL0p41Wj5U
— Caleb Ecarma (@calebecarma) August 12, 2018
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