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Trump's Right-Wing Base march

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In an obscene and perverse development, the Trumpian bottom feeders will converge on Washington DC tomorrow to show support for their "Loser Messiah" who wants to stage a political coup to protect his super-fragile ego, and to try and revise the outcome of the 2020 United States presidential elections. Non-partisan groups and other watchdogs have transparently and openly declared Democratic Joe Biden as the winner of the elections with 306 Electoral College votes - the same number Trump got when he bested Hillary Clinton in 2016. Unlike that time, Trump has refused to concede that he lost the election instead promoting false claims that it was "stolen from him," and alleging unsubstantiated and unproven voter fraud claims.

Now his supporters have planned a "march on Washington" to support President Trump's reckless claims with an event that can - if not tightly controlled and handled by law enforcement - spiral into violence, scant distances from the White House where the president is hunkering down. Billed as the "Million MAGA March," this event will bring together an odd assortment of domestic terrorist types and of Trumpian and Trump-loving groups that will most definitely include various Right-wing Republican-leaning militias, the vitriolic Proud Boys that Trump gave a "shout out to" during the first presidential debate, white nationalists with their own MAGA agendas, and Neo-Nazi/Ku Klux Klan types.

As Politico reports:

"The disparate tribes of MAGA Nation Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Infowars fanatics, Groypers, Proud Boys, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the people who would simply call themselves die-hard MAGA have declared that they are simply going to show up in Washington en masse over the weekend to rally together, with the marquee event on Saturday.

The groups have assigned the gathering different names: The Million MAGA March, the March for Trump, Stop the Steal DC. But they're all set to take place Saturday in the nation's capital, around noon, with most set to congregate near Freedom Plaza though some groups have also suggested the Supreme Court building down the National Mall."

However, no permits have been issued for the Million MAGA March, despite the event being widely publicized and advertised on right-wing websites. The Washingtonian reports: At least three pro-Trump rallies are planned for Freedom Park in DC this Saturday. There's just one possible hitch: None of them appear to have filed the paperwork for a permit. No groups with the name "Million MAGA March," "Stop the Steal," or "March for Trump" have applied to host a rally at Freedom Park this weekend, says NPS spokesperson Mike Litterst.

And Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters that she is preparing for the right-wing protest: "I huddled with my team this morning about an additional report of a caravan that might be starting somewhere in the South culminating here. We continue to follow those activities and be prepared for those activities. Our police chief will have a similar posture this weekend as he did last week. And we will be there to support peaceful exercise of First Amendment demonstrations." Mayor Bowser went on to note that those openly carrying weapons would be a "police matter."

So-called "open carry" is outlawed in D.C. However, individuals can obtain a permit for concealed carry weapons. All of this can set up a confrontation between MAGA fanatics with their gun-loving genes, and local law enforcement. At the core of this march is boiling anger by Trump supporters that the election was not "free and fair" and that all of the tin-foil, fantasyland, magical Tweets are the gospel truth. Indeed, since the end of Election Day 2020, these unsupported claims and conjectures have transmogrified rapid-fire lawsuits filed by the Trump 2020 campaign in tandem with the national and some state Republican Parties. In the midst of all this flurry of legal activities rests the fundamental fact that Trump's lawsuits have been tossed out of the courts and found to be meritless. So, his last gasp is to gin up his fanatical base and get them to display and exhibit the worst racist and white supremacist impulses by a group of people drunk on Trumpian Kool Aid.

The potential for violence and mayhem is based on the fact that alarmingly and most disturbing is that 80 percent of Trump's 70 million supporters believe his false claims of voter and election fraud and that President Trump is the victim of Democratic political shenanigans. "When you spend months - if not years - repeatedly saying over and over that everything is rigged and everything is corrupt, and then after you're declared the projected loser you send around legal hatchet men (and women) to push dubious claims of voter fraud in court and in the media, there is going to be an understandable crash in trust in the system by those who voted for you," national security attorney Bradley P. Moss told Law & Crime in an email.

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