Mass protests against Trump and his bigoted agenda have irked far-right activists. Some are now planning to respond with a series of their rallies.
Main Street Patriots, a new group founded by three Tea Party activists that have failed to attain any national relevance, has announced “Spirit of America Rallies” in locations across the country. Over 60 demonstrations are primarily scheduled for two dates—February 27 and March 4. Breitbart News initially announced the effort on February 8. Other far-right groups, including anti-Muslim grassroots organization ACT for America are also spreading the word.
ACT distributed a list of rally dates and locations in an email to supporters today, urging readers to participate.
“It is so essential that we flex our muscles as the largest grassroots national security organization in America, so that our fellow citizens attending this patriotic event know they are not alone in this fight,” the email reads.
Perhaps expecting low turnout at the upcoming rallies, ACT tried to minimize the impact of recent protests, laughably chalking them up to “anarchist mobs” that are “well-funded by radical Billionaires like George Soros.” One of the last rallies ACT sought to organize, in 2014, attracted a Chicago-based anti-Semite and white nationalist.
The Spirit of America Rallies bear a striking resemblance to a series of 2014 protests announced by a coalition calling itself the National Illegal Immigration Protest Coalition (NIIPC). Indeed, many NIIPC demonstration organizers are also involved in the upcoming rallies.
As Imagine 2050 reported at the time, turnout at the NIIPC rallies was extraordinarily underwhelming. Many planned demonstrations only attracted numbers in the single digits. Others didn’t occur at all.
Some upcoming rallies, such as the one in Brea, California organized by anti-immigrant activist Robin Hvidston, are likely to garner more participation. After all, Hvidston and others have been organizing nativist events in southern California for years.
Such outliers aside, the “Spirit of America” looks much more like a resurrection of the failed NIIPC of 2014.