White nationalists met with queer dance party for ‘Unite the Right’ rally
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Hundreds of protesters and LGBTQ activists held a dance party to protest the first anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va.


The protesters and activists gathered on Sunday afternoon at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., to hold an event to counterprotest the “Unite the Right 2” rally with dancing and confetti.

“Nazis and white supremacists are coming into our town after having killed individuals, after having terrorized communities like in Charlottesville,” Firas Nasr, one of the event’s organizers, told The Hill, "so we want to send a really clear message that we will not tolerate their hate, their bigotry, their racism, their xenophobia in our city and in our country.” 

Nasr said the event, “#ResisDance,” was organized by a collective of queer and trans organizers under Shut it Down D.C., which is coalition of different organizations and local groups based in the D.C. metropolitan area. 

“We started planning this about a month ago but there have been talks of disrupting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally for months now,” Nasr said.

Nasr said the collective is holding the dance party “to celebrate the beauty that intersectionality and diversity brings to who we are and how we show up in spaces” and added that the event is a “direct threat not only to white supremacist and Nazis but also to the Trump administration that continues denies us rights and continues to take us away.” 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE said on Saturday that he condemns “all types of racism and acts of violence” on Twitter, just one day before the white supremacist rally in the nation’s capitol.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," Trump said on Twitter. "We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!"

Trump faced immediate backlash over his response to the white supremacist rally last year that left one counterprotestor dead, saying that there was “blame" as well as "very fine people" on "both sides" of the rally. 

While the president did not repeat that claim in his Saturday tweet, he also did not assign blame for racism.