Mother of all Rallies, Juggalo march descend on D.C.’s National Mall

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two different rallies gathered on opposite sides of the National Mall with two very different messages on Saturday.

By the Washington Monument, a crowd came together for what they called a "Mother of all Rallies."

According to their website, the event was to help send a message to congress, the media, and the world that they stand united to defend American culture and values.

The group had music, a huge "TRUMP" sign and a stage where various speakers came up to talk.

The crowd, filled with pro-Trump paraphernalia, said the event was more "pro-American" than anything else.

"It just felt good to come and unite with like-minded people, whether they support Trump or not, whether they’re conservative or democrat, just other American people and just celebrate our freedom and the things we have in common," says Angela Becker, who came to event from South Carolina in a "Grandma's for Trump" t-shirt.

By the Lincoln Memorial, hundreds of people gathered for a Juggalo March, mostly fans of the Insane Clown Posse.

According to their website, the goal was to make a collective statement from the Juggalo Family about "what we are and what we are not."

They are taking a stance against the FBI's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment where the group was described as a "loosely-organized hybrid gang."

In 2014, the ACLU filed a lawsuit claiming that Juggalos' "constitutional rights to expression and association were violated." The Juggalos website about Saturday's march claimed the case was dismissed and they are "back to square one" from a legal standpoint.

"It’s a family, it’s like a tight knit community, we’re not a gang, we’re just fans of a similar style the same way any other major band can have a following," says Shotzi, a Juagglo who attended Saturday's rally in scrubs. "I mean I’m walking around here with my scrubs, I’m a registered nurse, I’m a member of the community, we’re all just people, we’re all just human."

A group of protestors also gathered near the White House on Saturday for an Anti-Trump rally.

Both Metropolitan Police and U.S. Park Police had a heavy presence around both rallies.

A spokesperson for U.S. Park Police said as of 8:00 p.m., they had no reports of any issues on the National Mall.


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