President Trump has referred to as on supporters to protest his anticipated arrest subsequent week by Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg on bogus expenses arising out of the alleged 2016 Stormy Daniels hush cash association. A number of so-called influencers are warning supporters to remain dwelling to keep away from being entrapped by the feds into one other January 6 riot.
Supporters greet President Trump in Palm Seaside, Florida, January 20, 2021, file picture.
As one of the skilled conservative road activists who was lively in our Nation’s Capital for over a decade, I need to supply my recommendation on whether or not to exit and protest (sure) and learn how to do it.
First, some background. I used to be lively within the D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com from 1998 into the early 2010s, however largely by means of the tip of 2007 after I left the realm and returned a couple of occasions a 12 months. I organized lots of of road protests and counter-protests in opposition to President Invoice Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and different corrupt Democrat politicians. I organized an annual protest of liberal media bias exterior the White Home Correspondents Dinner for about fifteen years. Via Free Republic, Transfer America Ahead and the Gathering of Eagles, we organized a number of rallies and counter-rallies supporting our troops within the conflict on terror within the years after 9/11. On a couple of events, we acted as human shields in opposition to the violent left and radical Islamists, defending The White Home, the Danish Embassy, Armed Forces Recruiting stations and even the Washington Publish. I additionally helped set up the FReeper inaugural ball in 2005 attended by practically 1,000 company or so.
We handled D.C. Police, Capitol Police, Park Police, Secret Service, varied different federal regulation enforcement companies and the army in demonstrations on the White Home, Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Nationwide Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the previous Walter Reed Military Hospital, the Vice President’s Residence, aka “Cheney’s Home”, and plenty of locales in and round D.C.
We confronted off in opposition to communists, anarchists, Black Bloc (pre-Antifa), Code Pink, ANSWER, radical Islamists, Democrats, RINOs, dishonest media and the Westboro Baptist Church extremists.
We did all that by being peaceable and behaving in a civilized method always. We hade a code of conduct that served us nicely.
Briefly, it learn, “No violence, no racism, no profanity, no provocations, obey the regulation and deal with all regulation enforcement officers with respect.”
We additionally had different guidelines:
No bodily contact with opponents and attempt to keep out of arm’s size from them. No retaliations in the event that they assault you–step again, stroll away, discover a cop. Solely defend your self if you’re at risk. We wished our demonstrations to remain peaceable and we remembered the previous basketball rule the referee solely sees the second punch thrown, not the primary.
Nearly all weapons of self-defense have been banned in D.C., so we didn’t have to fret about folks coming armed to our protests. My desire is for no open carry and discreet hid carry when you should.
And no masks. We by no means hid ourselves behind a masks. The KKK and Antifa put on masks. Not conservatives–until we have been in costume mocking Hillary, Saddam or crybaby reporters for instance.
The flags we allowed have been the American flag, state flags, army service department flags, the Gadsden and Culpeper flags, and flags of our allies within the conflict on terror (as of late we might add within the non-profane Trump flags.) Our folks knew higher than to point out up with a Accomplice battle flag so we by no means needed to inform them to go away if somebody had proven up with one. We didn’t burn flags or injury property.
Our indicators have been intelligent, humorous, pointed and fairly critical, relying on the event. We didn’t use profanity (excluding a uncommon vulgarity). We policed our indicators and disallowed those who have been off-message or violated our guidelines. We have been instructed many occasions we had one of the best protest indicators in D.C.
We policed our membership. Nobody who was a racist, violent or inspired violence and criminality or broke our guidelines was allowed in our group or at our protests. We warned hotheads to keep away from protests that have been more likely to be contentious simply as we warned to not convey kids to a number of the extra edgy protests.
Our expertise in D.C. was much like that of the pro-life demonstrators who marched yearly for many years, the Tea Celebration activists who got here after us and the Trump rallies from 2015 by means of 2020. No arrests, no unprovoked violence on our half (extraordinarily uncommon at that) and we left the place cleaner than how we discovered it.
All that modified after all on January 6, 2021.
I had been in D.C. for the December 12, 2020 pro-Trump rallies at Freedom Plaza and on the Nationwide Mall. It was a phenomenal day crammed with stunning individuals who peacefully rallied after which marched on the Capitol and Supreme Courtroom.
Later that night the Proud Boys and Antifa fought it out on the street. I stayed away, however drove round for some time that night time to see for myself at a distance.
My Spidey-sense instructed me to remain dwelling on January 6, so I did.
However with Trump supporters now recognizing that provocateurs and federal brokers will try and infiltrate protests, my advice could be to go forward and protest–however to tightly police your gatherings. Finest to keep away from the whole thing of ’em.
I’d additionally inform individuals who present up in camo or khaki like these guys to get misplaced.
Inform the hotheads and individuals who don’t need to comply with the principles and people you simply don’t need round they’re free to protest elsewhere–simply not along with your group. Be agency. It’s your protest.
You’ll be able to nonetheless have enjoyable and make your voice heard doing it like this. I do know. I did it efficiently within the stomach of the beast for over a decade with out being arrested or overwhelmed.
Rights have to be exercised or they are going to be taken away. The Democrats are utilizing the powers of presidency to suppress conservatives. Peaceable, passionate protest is a should if we’re to reclaim our Constitutional type of authorities from those that have abused their powers and subverted the federal government from inside.
There are different technique of protest and activism moreover road protests. Use them too, however don’t quit “the appropriate of the folks peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Authorities for a redress of grievances.”