Anti-immigrant Group’s Annual Event Attracts Clowns

Jill Garvey • May 09, 2012

Clowns descended on the Capitol yesterday, figuratively and literally.

The former are dozens of conservative radio hosts and nativist leaders attending an anti-immigrant bonanza at the Phoenix Park Hotel. Every year anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) holds a publicity and lobbying event in Washington D.C. In years past, the event has attracted a plethora of white nationalist leaders.

This year the nativist circus attracted real clowns. But they certainly weren’t on the guest list.

With balloons, banners and signs that read “FAIR is a Circus, Send in the Clowns” and “these clowns are connected to white nationalism,” the creative protesters made a mockery of FAIR’s event.

FAIR president Dan Stein, no stranger to controversy, reportedly tried to scare the clowns away to no avail.

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