After they saw the huge turnout by counter-protesters in Boston, alt-right organizers have decided to cancel 67 “America First” rallies scheduled in 36 states.
Jon Cooper, the Chairman of The Democratic Coalition and former National Finance Chair of Draft Biden, posted the breaking news last night that: “After alt-right organizers saw huge counter-protests in Boston, they’ve canceled 67 “America First Rallies” scheduled in 36 states.”
BREAKING: After alt-right organizers saw huge counter-protests in Boston, they've canceled 67 "America First Rallies" scheduled in 36 states
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 22, 2017
The tweet appears have come from an exclusive article by conservative website Breitbart, posted earlier in the evening.
According to Breitbart,
ACT! for America is canceling its America First Rallies, previously scheduled for Saturday, September 9, “out of an abundance of caution” due “to the recent violence in America and in Europe.” The national security organization will instead replace the 67 rallies organized across 36 states with an online “Day of ACTion.”
Act! for America provided Breitbart the following press release:
ACT for America is deeply saddened that in today’s divisive climate, citizens cannot peacefully express their opinion without risk of physical harm from terror groups domestic and international.
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. Given the security issues of organizing public events, the responsible decision is to deny this opportunity to Neo-Nazis, Antifa, the KKK, and ISIS inspired individuals and groups. ACT for America’s membership is patriotic citizens whose only goal is to celebrate America’s values and peacefully express their views regarding national security.
“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 continued, adding: “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.”
For those unfamiliar with the organization, Act! for America is a right-wing extremist group that is dedicated to combating what it describes as ‘the threat of radical Islam’ to the safety of Americans and to democracy.”
On their website, they bill themselves as “the NRA of national security. We don’t just support the protection of America’s national security – we’re fighting for it. “
The Guardian has called the group “America’s largest anti-Muslim organisation,” and they have been labelled a “hate group” by the Center for American Progress and Southern Poverty Law Center.