Trump Supporters Plan March in DC Saturday

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President Trump prepares for the State of the Union speech in this January 30, 2018 photo provided by the White House. Photo: Shealah Craighead Courtesy White House

Trump supporters are planning a march in Washington DC on Saturday, Nov. 14.

There are multiple groups with multiple plans to come to the District over the weekend to show their support for the president, with events on Saturday. The Million MAGA March is slated to begin 12 p.m. at One Freedom Plaza (1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). Other material indicates that some supporters plan to march from the Supreme Court to the White House. Truckers for Trump have indicated they will drive Trump flag-bearing vehicles through the city.

Tweets from the Million Maga March Twitter account, @MilionMagaMarch, state that marchers are protesting against what they see as a “fraudulent election process”.

“It’s time to let the United States and the World know how many US Citizens are behind this movement,”  reads the Million MAGA March website. “We are being Censored, Banned, and Suppressed by the Social Media Giants, the Main Stream Media, as well as other Countries [sic].”

An official Facebook group for the march had nearly 23,000 members as of Wednesday morning –up from 15,000 Tuesday.

No evidence of fraud has been successfully presented to the courts by the Trump Campaign, which has now seen lawsuits dismissed in Nevada and Georgia.

The Hill Rag has not received a response to a request for comment from the Trump campaign.

On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced changes to COVID-19 policies for travellers to DC. As of Monday, out-of-town visitors from “high-risk” COVID-19 states will be required to have a negative test within 72 hours of arriving in the District. However, they are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.

At the Nov. 9 Situational Update, DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt responded to questions about the effect of large First Amendment gatherings, including the weekend celebrations of Biden’s apparent win, on rates of COVID-19. Nesbitt said that city officials were concerned about these events, but added that protests are just one of many different types of contributing activities they were monitoring.

“The Venn Diagram of people who would use the myth of voter fraud to silence millions of Americans and people who refuse to wear a mask to protect their neighbors is one big circle,” said Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6-D), who chairs the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. “While all Americans are welcome to come and exercise their First Amendment rights, we know this will put essential workers and first responders at-risk.”

Allen said that for DC residents who are able, this Saturday might be a great weekend “to explore areas of DC away from the federal center and take a well-earned mental health break.”

Representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said they were aware of upcoming First Amendment activities planned for the weekend of Nov. 13. “As with any known First Amendment activity, we will continue to monitor and assess each activity, and plan accordingly,” said MPD Public Affairs Specialist Brianna Jordan.

Any decision to close a street will be based upon public safety.”

Nonetheless, on Friday Mpd issued the following notice:

”From Friday, November 13, 2020 to Sunday, November 15, 2020, multiple First Amendment demonstrations are scheduled to occur in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with these demonstrations, there will be parking restrictions and potential street closures that motorists should take into consideration.

While the Metropolitan Police Department does not anticipate street closures on Friday, November 13, 2020 or Sunday, November 15, 2020, there is the potential for intermittent closures in the downtown area. Any decision to close a street will be based upon public safety.”

“Members of the public are reminded that DC Code 7-2509.07 expressly prohibits anyone from carrying a firearm within 1,000 feet of any First Amendment activity, to include members of the public who have been issued a Concealed Carry Permit in the District of Columbia.”

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