Proud Boys' D.C. Free-Speech Rally Goes Off With a Whimper - 2019-07-06

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F375.png Proud Boys' D.C. Free-Speech Rally Goes Off With a Whimper July 6, 2019, Will Sommer, Daily Beast

Far-right groups including the Proud Boys and their allies rallied in downtown Washington, D.C., on Saturday, but were vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters and hamstrung by a muddled message, a depleted lineup, and a bungled stunt by their founder.

Many of the pro-Trump personalities who spoke to a few hundred people at the so-called "Demand Free Speech" rally at D.C'.s Freedom Plaza complained about social media bans that have cratered their careers and left them marginalized within the conservative movement. But that message was often overshadowed by threats of violence from the rally's other speakers and a booming rival demonstration nearby.

Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook were name-checked often during the speeches, but some speakers veered off on tangents.

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