Dozens of right-wing, pro-Trump protesters showed up to a North Carolina Outdoors store Saturday. They brandished Confederate flags, pro-Trump regalia, and vowed to defend the shopping center from Antifa. As it turns out, they were likely pranked. The Antifa demonstration never occurred and was most likely a gag started by a Facebook group of unknown origin, reports the Gaston Gazette.
A Facebook page for Gaston County Antifa broadcast a large-scale Antifa rally at the shopping center. “PSA for all the Gaston County Antifa out there:
This is what we will be up against Saturday October 20th at Gander Mountain,” they posted next to a picture of what appear to be right-wing protesters. “This is the fascist circle jerk of trash talkers who voted Trump and are threatening to crash our Gastonia rally. 🤪🤪🤪🤪.”
Previous posts claimed “From the gym to the gun range, we are training and preparing.”
Rumors of an Antifa rally spread throughout the week. Yet only counter-protestors—and a few police officers—showed up Saturday.
Attendees told the Gazette they’d heard rumors Antifa members planned to burn the giant American flag at the shopping mall.
“We don’t care if it’s a prank,” a counter-protestor told the Gazette. “We’re going to show up because what’s going to happen is they’re going to call this and then we ain’t going to show up and then they’re going to really burn down an American flag and it’s going to cause someone to seriously have problems.”
Cleveland County Sheriff’s Maj. Joel Shores said that the Facebook page is not linked to a real-life group in Gaston. Nevertheless, a rally attendee vowed to guard that shopping mall “until we know Antifa ain’t coming.”
Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress
US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.
"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."
"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."
Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."
Trump’s campaign is spending massively at his own businesses — and even more on lawyers
President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign filed their latest campaign finance reports on Monday.
Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.
In the three months covered, from April through June, Trump's campaign and affiliated joint fundraising committees spent $326,094.24 at Trump businesses, including six figures at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump Hotel DC.
Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.
Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC
Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.
Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.
"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.
"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.