There's a Very Real Potential for Violence at Saturday's MAGA Events in DC, Say Extremism-Watchers - 2020-11-12

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F0.png There's a Very Real Potential for Violence at Saturday's MAGA Events in DC, Say Extremism-Watchers November 12, 2020, Andrew Beaujon, Washingtonian

Saturday's planned pro-Trump demonstrations in DC will be attended by far-right individuals and groups who have records of violent activity, and there's a significant chance that there could be conflict with counterprotesters. That's the message from researchers who study far-right extremism that Washingtonian spoke with, and it's echoed by research by Right Wing Watch and the ADL.

Some reports in local news media have focused on plans by members of the Proud Boys to attend the events, which go by different names including the "Million MAGA March," "Stop the Steal," and the "March for Trump"; they all plan to gather at Freedom Plaza at noon on Saturday, despite having no apparent permit from the National Park Service.

The stated attendance of Proud Boys members is concerning, researchers tell Washingtonian, but that hate group is just one of the potential far-right attendees whose presence could bring an already jittery Washington, DC, to a boil. Among those who may attend or have promoted the event:

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