Nov 14th — Thousands of Trump supporters rallied in Washington, DC, to build popular support for a Trump-led coup. After the official Million Maga March rally, Trump supporters marched around the city attacking members of the LGBTQ community.
After counter-demonstrators went home, Proud Boys and other Trump supporters tore up Black Lives Matter Plaza, vandalized privately-owned signs in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and desecrated memorials to Black people murdered by the police.
Thomas Terrence attended the counter-protest after returning from the hospital. Terrence stated, “I’m out of the hospital without any long-term physical issues. I do have some minor internal bleeding. As I was working to help get my fellow protestors away from the opposing group, I was stabbed from behind three times. I never touched or saw my assailant.”
Thomas Terrence, one attendee of the counter-demonstrations against The Million MAGA March called this “Unite The Right 3.” With “Neo-Nazis like Jason Kessler, Enrique Tarrio, and Nick Fuentes in attendance, this was a thinly veiled attempt to rebuild the fascist coalition built during the 2016 election.”
Hella Blond, a trans man, stated, “While I was walking my client out of the salon, after giving them a haircut, I was standing on the sidewalk. Two groups of older white men in MAGA hats and flags came walking toward me and told me to move. I was standing on the sidewalk outside of my own job and I said ‘No.’ Afterwards, they decided to push me and I told him, ‘Don’t touch me.’ That’s when he punched me right in the eye. Then I was passed off to a woman who beat me up and tackled me down.”
Blond continued, “A second man tried to hit me. Then my hand was stomped on by the first man.” The video then shows Blond being assaulted by Trump supporters.
Blond added, “I wish I had been protesting but I was just outside my salon.”
When asked about the police, Blond stated, “There were also two police cars on 11th Street and 10th that could have prevented this if they were paying attention.”
The Political Context
Terrence added, “I was there to protest fascist violence and threats to the DC Black/Brown and Queer community. During the protest, an opposing group I assumed to be Trump supporters, sought out our protest group with the intention of inciting violence.”
While liberals campaigned for people to stay home, antifascists activists came out. Terrence said it was important for activists to come out because “If we do not oppose fascism, it will continue to grow.”
Terrence continued, “In 2014, Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank, had 300 attendees. Only mass actions have the power to stop the rise of street-level fascism.”
Richard Ramirez, an All Out DC member, noted, “This is what happens when fascists are not confronted en masse. When people campaign to stay home, violence against marginalized communities explodes. We mobilize to keep us safe.”
Please note: Names have been changed for this press release. Knowing that assailants are still at-large and that the Proud Boys and other organizations in attendance have a history of violence, we have kept people’s names off of the press release.