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March Maga Million Borrows Name The Civil Rights Movement, Will Host The White Supremacist

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Members of the far-right group the Proud Boys will attend the “Million MAGA March” in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, according to their leader, Enrique Tarrio. They won’t be the only attendees with alleged links to the extreme right or white supremacy.

The march is part of multiple events set to take place at Freedom Plaza in D.C. some time around noon. They’ve been billed as “Stop the Steal” and “March for Trump,” in reference to the unsubstantiated claims that the presidential election was stolen from President Donald Trump.

Million MAGA March appears to take its name from the 1995 Million Man March of African American men on Washington. A Civil Rights march, it was led by controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The Proud Boys have publicly denied tolerating white supremacy but the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a legal advocacy organization, has designated them a hate group.

The supposed international cabal of Satanist pedophiles is said to include billionaires and prominent Democrats. The QAnon conspiracy claims Trump has been secretly fighting them. The theory is widely viewed as being rooted in Antisemitism.

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, a strong supporter of the president, will be a “featured guest” in D.C., according to the New York Post, while Trump has indicated he may make a surprise appearance at the event.

Despite its name, it remains unclear how many people will attend the Million MAGA March. The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism’s vice president Oren Segal told USA Today on Friday that he didn’t expect crowds comparable to the Women’s March in 2017.

“Who actually shows up remains to be seen,” Segal said. “The danger here is that you have extremists who are having the same ideas, sharing the same ideology, promoting the same thoughts as non-extremists.”

Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right organization dedicated to fighting with leftists, hold a rally on September 26, in Delta Park, on the northern edge of Portland, Oregon. Though they had pledged to “liberate” Portland from anarchists, they stayed on the edge the city and the rally remained peaceful. Members of the group are expected in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
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