Trump supporters rally in DC

Trump supporters rally in DC
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Conservative activists led rallies in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, protesting the recent list of celebrities who have made violent jokes about President Trump, Reuters reported

According to the newswire, a pair of rallies took place. At one event, the protesters faced off with almost as many counter-protesters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Richard Spencer, a self-described white nationalist and member of the "alt-right" movement, drew a larger crowd of about 100 supporters to the rally at the Lincoln Memorial, which memorializes a president who is associated with ending slavery in the country.

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Spencer reportedly told journalists before the rally that he is disappointed with President Trump's administration so far and is waiting for the White House to implement some of the policies Trump promised while campaigning.

"Where's the Muslim ban?" Spencer asked. "Where's the wall?" he added, referring to Trump's pledge to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a video released from a conference, Spencer can be seen celebrating Trump’s victory, saying “Hail Trump,” drawing on Nazi-like phrasing.

The crowd also followed the lead of speakers by chanting “Unite the Right.”  

In front of the White House, Trump supporters protested against celebrities such as actor Johnny Depp and comedian Kathy Griffin, who have recently joined the list of celebrities to have joked or make allusions to the assassination of Trump. Both celebrities have publicly apologized.

The son of ousted White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, Michael Flynn Jr., and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone were among the scheduled speakers for the event, Reuters reported, though Stone reportedly withdrew, citing security concerns. 

Speakers also denounced a recent production of Shakespeare's “Julius Caesar,” put on by New York’s The Public Theater, in which the actor portraying the slain Roman dictator appeared as a Trump-like character.

Jack Posobiec, an alt-right activist, called for political violence to stop on Sunday. 

"We're here for peace," Posobiec told the few dozen supporters who attended the rally, citing Griffin and Depp as examples of the left who were "normalizing" violence against the right.

"It needs to stop," he added.