A group of white supremacist protesters tried to disrupt a rally in Hollywood, FL on Wednesday by chanting “Trump! Trump!” at people demonstrating at City Hall to protest the fact that three streets in the city are still named after racist U.S. Confederates.
The Miami New Times reported that a wide coalition of rights groups came together to demonstrate on Wednesday in favor of renaming streets named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee, pro-slavery crusader John Bell Hood and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest.
A smaller counter-protest formed on Wednesday of pro-Confederate white supremacists who waved U.S. flags and pro-Trump banners, then after chanting “Losers!” at the anti-Confederate demonstrators, they launched into chanting the president’s name.
The chant mirrors what has been happening in schools across the country in which white students bully their black and Latino classmates by chanting Trump’s name.
Jasmen Rogers of Broward County’s Black Lives Matter coalition told the New Times that the protesters also chanted “White lives matter” at the anti-Confederate demonstrators.
Among the counter-protesters was at least one man with known neo-Nazi associations, the New Times said. The group flew flags associated with the League of the South, a pro-Confederate organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has deemed a racist hate group.
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The pro-Trump chant begins at the 11-minute mark in the video embedded below:
Trump’s attempt to look tough backfires — and even Republicans seem to see the writing on the wall
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Snapchat curbs Trump for inciting ‘racial violence’ as Facebook looks the other way
Snapchat on Wednesday became the latest social network moving to curb the reach of inflammatory comments by US President Donald Trump, claiming the president has been inciting "racial violence."
The youth-focused social network said it would no longer promote Trump on its Discover platform for recommended content.
"We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover," a statement from Snapchat said.
The move came days after Twitter took an unprecedented stand by hiding a Trump post it said promoted violence, heating up the White House war with Silicon Valley and social media.
‘Like George W. Bush after 9/11’: Kayleigh McEnany declares Trump Bible photo op a historic moment
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday defended the use of force against protesters in order to clear way for President Donald Trump's photo op at St. John's Episcopal Church.
At her daily press briefing, McEnany was asked why it was necessary for Trump to walk to the church, where held up a Bible.
McEnany suggested that Trump's photo op had been a historic moment.
"This was a very important moment," she explained. "I would note that through all of time, we've seen presidents and leaders across the world who have had leadership moments and very powerful symbols that were important for a nation to see at any given time, to show a message of resilience and determination."