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KKK, Alt-right, white supremacists plan ‘Unite the Right’ rally to cap off 2017 ‘summer of hate’

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A spate of right-wing hate groups are planning a joint rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, VA called “Unite the Right Free Speech Rally.”

Metro US said Wednesday that thousands are expected to turn out in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park — formerly named Lee Park for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee — to protest the removal of a statue of Gen. Lee in what the Southern Poverty Law Center described as the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.”

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“The ‘summer of hate’ gathering is expected to lure alt-right groups, neo-Confederates, KKK members and neo-Nazis from behind their computers and keyboards and into the streets, creating a unity the groups can only achieve by personal, nonanonymous connections,” wrote Metro’s Kimberly M. Aquilina.

“This is the biggest rally event we’ve had this millennium,” said event co-organizer Brad Griffin on a radio show hosted by former KKK leader David Duke. The gathering, he said, will give “the movement a real-world presence, which it hasn’t had in 15 years.”

However, if recent far-right, pro-Trump protests are any indication, the march could well fizzle. Often these events are far overmatched by the number of counter-protesters who attend like the “anti-Sharia Law” marches held across the U.S. in early June.

In late June, neo-Nazi Richard Spencer and rabid Trump booster Jack Posobiec hurled insults and recriminations when simultaneous alt-right rallies in Washington, D.C. drew tiny groups of supporters.

Spencer called Posobiec and “Pizzagate” conspiracy progenitor Mike Cernovich’s rally the “alt-lite” contingent and said, “So many of them are just physically ugly people.”

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Neither rally had many attendees to brag about, with each drawing well under 100 participants.

However, the SPLC warned that racist hate groups have been emboldened by Trump’s presidency and potentially intend to create as much disruption and disorder as they can at Saturday’s rally.

“The looming social chemistry on a hot summer weekend — 115 miles from Washington, D.C.– seems to point to the clear possibility of violence,” wrote Bill Morlin. “Riot-equipped Virginia State Police will augment local police and sheriff’s deputies.”

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Some in local city government attempted to shut the rally down, but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has come forward to defend organizer Jason Kessler and other demonstrators’ First Amendment right to free speech and peaceable assembly.


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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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