WASHINGTON — The National Mall has played host to rallies and protests of all sizes, scope and aims through the years, but Saturday it will witnessmost likely unique in the park’s history.
Thousands of so-called— fans of “horrorcore” hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse who are known for the face paint they wear to match the band’s “dark carnival” aesthetic — are set to march this afternoon, as part of a long-planned protest against what they say is discriminatory treatment by law enforcement.
Scheduled more recently, and set to begin just a few hours before, a crowd marked by the red “Make America Great Again” caps ubiquitous among supporters of President Trump will rally in favor of the administration’s policy agenda.
Though the “Juggalo March on Washington” and the pro-Trump “Mother of All Rallies” are on the same day, and at the same place, their aims couldn’t be more different
The Trump supporters say their event aims to boost the president’s “America First” agenda, which they say will protect “traditional American culture.” The Juggalos, far from traditional, say they have been discriminated against and targeted for their support of the Insane Clown Posse, whose lyrics are marked by violent imagery, and whose logo is a man holding a hatchet.
In 2011, the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment listed the group as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang,” an unusual designation the agency hasn’t since used. Though the group wasn’t listed in the next two FBI assessments, released in 2013 and 2015, the band says “hybrid gang” designation caused myriadfor hundreds of fans.
Organizers of the two rallies have regarded each other warily against the backdrop of last month’s deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
At that event, white supremacists bearing Confederate battle flags sparked violence as they protested the city’s decision to remove Confederate monuments and memorials from public spaces. Dozens were injured in clashes throughout the day, punctuated by a deadly car attack — labeled domestic terrorism by Attorney General Jeff Sessions — that left one dead and 19 injured.
A Mother of All Rallies organizer told CBS News that the group will ask any attendees with Confederate flags, Nazi symbols or hateful signs to leave, or put paraphernalia back in their cars. But Juggalo organizers remain on edge about their proximity to the competing rally, said Farris Haddad, an attorney…