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Pro-Trump group cancels dozens of rallies, citing safety concerns

Pro-Trump group cancels dozens of rallies, citing safety concerns
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A group supporting President Trump is canceling dozens of rallies around the country scheduled for Sept. 9 due to threats of violence, according to a Monday press release.

Breitbart News reported that the group Act for America is nixing the rallies "given the security issues of organizing public events."

"In recent weeks, extremist and radical organizations in the United States and abroad have overrun peaceful events in order to advance their own agendas, and in many cases, violence has been the result," the group wrote.

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"Given the security issues of organizing public events, the responsible decision is to deny this opportunity to Neo-Nazis, Antifa, the [Ku Klux Klan], and [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] inspired individuals and groups," the statement adds.

Organizers state that their goal “is to contribute to the de-escalation of rising tension and violence in America while pursuing the organization’s goal of a safe and secure America.”

Act for America is listed as an anti-Muslim extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which reports that it was founded in response to the 9/11 terror attacks and has repeatedly conflated average Muslims with radical Islamic terrorists.

The group adds that it will host online events on Sept. 9, which it calls a "day of action," and notes that it has "terminated" plans for any scheduled physical events that day.

“ACT for America has notified all its volunteer team leaders and organizers of [these changes], and requested that all local event planning be terminated,” the press release continues.

“Any events that continue to be scheduled for this date do not have the sponsorship or endorsement of ACT for America, and the organization’s name may not be used.”

Violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., about a week ago when white nationalists protesting the removal of a Confederate statue clashed with counterprotesters. One woman was killed and dozens more were injured when police say a man with white nationalist ties rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians.