So-called “alt-right” organizers behind a series of pro-Trump “America First” rallies around the country have called off their events, citing overwhelming resistance from counter-protesters.
BREAKING: After alt-right organizers saw huge counter-protests in Boston, they've canceled 67 "America First Rallies" scheduled in 36 states
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 22, 2017
After thousands of counter-protesters showed up to oppose the Boston Free Speech Rally — the first major right-wing event since the deadly Charlottesville, VA “Unite the Right” rally — the pro-Trump and anti-Muslim group ACT For America has called off 67 rallies in 36 states. The neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Boston numbered only around 100, while some estimate as many as 40,000 turned out against bigotry.
The group, which gained notoriety after its “March Against Sharia” in June, will instead hold an online “Day of ACTion” on September 9 — though it’s unclear what exactly will take place during that event.
In an exclusive statement to white nationalist news network Breitbart, the group tried to distance itself from hate groups like KKK and neo-Nazis and said that it also did not want to meet the same type of opposition from anti-fascists, protesters and ordinary citizens seen in Boston, who it framed as “terrorists”:
ACT for America is deeply saddened that in today’s divisive climate, citizens cannot peacefully express their opinion without risk of physical harm from terror groups domestic and international.
In recent weeks, extremist and radical organizations in the United States and abroad have overrun peaceful events in order to advance their own agendas, and in many cases, violence has been the result. Given the security issues of organizing public events, the responsible decision is to deny this opportunity to Neo-Nazis, Antifa, the KKK, and ISIS inspired individuals and groups. ACT for America’s membership is patriotic citizens whose only goal is to celebrate America’s values and peacefully express their views regarding national security.
In other words, counter-protesting the white nationalist, neo-Nazi, white supremacist and other far-right groups aligned with President Donald Trump is a strategy that keeps them off the streets.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) August 19, 2017