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Proud Boys, QAnon conspiracy theorists, Infowars fans and other assorted pro-Trump extremists descended upon Orlando Tuesday.

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There were also about a dozen men wearing black Fred Perry polo shirts, the uniform of the violent neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys. "We are the Proud Boys, baby!" one very proud boy yelled into a megaphone, attempting to recruit new members among the MAGA crowd.

A short time later, journalists filmed the Proud Boys in much larger numbers as they marched through the streets, chanting, "Pinochet did nothing wrong!" The slogan, popular among white supremacists, is a reference to former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's practice of murdering leftists by throwing them out of helicopters.

The Proud Boys, known for violently attacking leftists themselves, then attempted to confront counterprotesters in downtown Orlando, but they were stopped by police.

"The Trump campaign is well aware of the organized participation of Proud Boys rallies merging into Trump events," an unidentified GOP operative told New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel Tuesday night. "They don't care. Staff are to treat it like a coalition they can't talk about."

#1 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-06-19 04:29 PM | Reply

Fascists and conspiracy theorists were not fringe figures among this massive crowd of Trump supporters, but represented a large segment of the people, offering up a sobering look at the voting base the GOP has cultivated for itself. It's why so many people in Orlando, a decidedly liberal city, never wanted this rally here at all.

Among those who traveled from afar to the rally were the followers of the unhinged pro-Trump conspiracy theory surrounding QAnon.

QAnon, or simply "Q," is an anonymous poster on various online message boards, namely 8chan, who claims to be a government employee with high-level security clearance. Followers of Q believe, among many other things, that this anonymous poster is working with the Trump administration to mass arrest the president's political opponents for running a global pedophile ring.

Lori Bray, a retired schoolteacher from Ocala, Florida, wore a QAnon T-shirt to the rally.

"I believe there's a lot of witchcraft and evil things going on," she said of those deep state actors that she believes Q will one day expose.

"A lot of people involved in child pornography and the sale of children -- not just children, but other people too," Bray said. "And I believe that they've been trying to destroy our country for a long time. They've been trying to bring down America so that we will become part of the one-world government, trying to weaken us."

#2 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-06-19 04:32 PM | Reply

Also in front of the stage inside the Amway Center were multiple members of Bikers for Trump, a motorcycle and activist group with a large social media following. Earlier this year, Trump suggested that these bikers were among the "tough people" who would support him if his political opponents went too far in their investigations of his alleged crimes. The bikers, the president said in what seemed like a threat of violence, could make things "very bad, very bad."

"We're not out there looking for a fight, but we're certainly not gonna back down from one either," said Chris Cox, the South Carolina-based founder of Bikers for Trump.

Standing near Cox was 37-year-old Daniel McQuarrie, a Disney employee wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with "INFOwars.com" on the sleeve -- a reference to the far-right conspiracy website and video channel run by Alex Jones. (Trump himself has appeared on Infowars.)

"Sandy Hook was a hoax," McQuarrie said, parroting Jones' cruel and unfounded conspiracy theory that the massacre of 13 children at a Connecticut elementary school was staged. "He's got proof."

#3 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-06-19 04:33 PM | Reply

Standing near McQuarrie was Anna Connelly, a 62-year-old house painter from Inverness, Florida, who was wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt and holding a sticker someone had just given her. "Assume the news media is lying," it said. "You want it?" Connelly asked HuffPost.

After arguing, falsely, that most newspapers in the U.S. are owned by communists, Connelly then railed against immigration in explicitly white nationalist terms.

"If you don't stop immigration now, the illegals, it's gonna change the demographics of our country. And when you change the demographics of the people of the country, then you change the government of the country, and I would not like to see what goes on in Europe go on here," she said.

Connelly also had particularly bigoted words for Muslims. "Look at what they did to their countries," she said. Whereas America is "still trying to progress," she argued, Muslims are "still living in the past."

#4 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-06-19 04:36 PM | Reply

I wonder how many of the DR alt-right (R)tards made it to their Fuhrer's klan rally?

Were racists Boazo, Docnjo, Pinto, FishyP, elerby, liar101, FakeLawyer, or Sheeple/Nobias/lieburg/JordyStPete in attendance?

#5 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-06-19 04:36 PM | Reply

In seats near Connelly sat 52-year-old Sheryl Tumey and her grandson. Both wore T-shirts blaring the logo for the III% United Patriots, the Florida-based chapter of the 3 Percenter militia movement.

Earlier this year, three members of a 3 Percenters group in Kansas were convicted in a plot to massacre Muslims.

When Trump finally took the stage Tuesday evening, at around 8 p.m., the crowd of 20,000 inside the stadium went wild. He used his speech to lash out at the media in the arena, repeatedly denigrating them as "fake news."

"Tell the truth!" the crowd started to chant, pointing their fingers at the designated press area.

#6 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-06-19 04:37 PM | Reply

Spam spam spam

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-06-19 04:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But they can't be racist because:

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough busted President Donald Trump for planting the same black supporter behind him at multiple rallies -- including his 2020 campaign kickoff in Orlando.

Scarborough recognized the one black supporter seated behind Trump, among a sea of white faces wearing red "Make America Great Again" hats.

"As you pointed out, it's the same black guy," he said.

The other panelists cracked up laughing.

"Don't you remember when he referred to ‘my African-American?'" said analyst John Heilemann.

NBC News reporter Heidi Przybyla confirmed the black supporter seen at the Orlando rally was the same man Trump has prominently displayed at other events.

"That's actually true," she said. "I have run into him in the middle of the night at McDonalds with Sean Hannity. It is the same black guy."

Raw Story

#8 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-06-19 04:42 PM | Reply


@#7 ... Spam spam spam ...

Are you saying that because it did not happen, or because you do not want to admit it happened?

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-19 04:50 PM | Reply

Nulli doesn't address actual articles or questions.

He only sneers and snivels at those meany libruls who refuse to see his genius.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2019-06-19 05:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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Wow. look at all the extremists in here.

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-19 07:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Wow. look at all the extremists in here.

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Yeah there's a progressive who claims to be so extreme that he attacks liberals and defends trump.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-19 08:24 PM | Reply

From the view of the extreme left, Trump supporters WOULD seem extreme.

Don't blame me. I don't vote.

#13 | Posted by Ray at 2019-06-19 08:29 PM | Reply

If Qanon is there as a group it's a nutter event.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2019-06-19 08:44 PM | Reply

From the view of the extreme left, Trump supporters WOULD seem extreme.

Don't blame me. I don't vote.

#13 | Posted by Ray

Please describe your impressing of the EXTREME left. What do they want, how much political power do they have, and how widespread are their views?

The extreme right doesnt beleive in science, is controlled by the rich, coddles white supremacists, and controls 2 of our 3 branches of government.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-19 08:46 PM | Reply

15 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

All politics is about power and money. Labels are meaningless.

#16 | Posted by Ray at 2019-06-19 08:56 PM | Reply

Hey,

Ray is Back!

Must have finally finished counting all his gold.

:)

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-06-19 08:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

All politics is about power and money. Labels are meaningless.

#16 | Posted by Ray

You used a label. So what did you mean when you used it?

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-19 09:03 PM | Reply

The stench of blubber and insulin wafted all the way to Tampa Bay.

#19 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2019-06-19 09:52 PM | Reply

Hey,

Ray is Back!

Must have finally finished counting all his gold.

:)

#17 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

More than likely just got out of the pokey.

#20 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-06-19 10:38 PM | Reply

And not a single truck bomb.
Shame.

#21 | Posted by bored at 2019-06-19 10:54 PM | Reply

Trump is a pretend person so he has a pretend rally.
Trump is a phony person so he has a phony rally.
Trump is a lying person so he has a lying rally.
Trump is a lazy person so he has a lazy rally speech.
Trump is a dishonest person so he has a dishonest rally.
Trump is a deceitful person so he has a deceitful rally.
Trump is a cruel person so he has a cruel rally.
Trump is a hateful person so he has a hateful rally.
Trump is a self-serving person so he has a self-serving rally.
Trump is a self-agrandizing person so he has a self-agrandizing rally.

Pretend, phony, lying, dishonest, deceitful, cruel, hateful, self serving, self-agrandizing???? Add insecure, infantile, demagogue, delusional, shameless, greedy, seditionist, spiteful, destructive individual with delusions of grandeur.

Every Trump supporter's image of themself and their dream for the future of America. If there's an afterlife or a God, you should all fear for your place in that realm.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-06-20 03:01 AM | Reply

Representing the interests of the Drudge Retort's black white supremacists was Clayton Bigsby.

#23 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-06-20 09:49 AM | Reply

Your extremist are our patriots. Your activist are our traitors. From what I have seen, if you get into a fight of any kind with your opposition at any level, you loose, every time.

#24 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-06-20 10:49 AM | Reply

Trump's Campaign Kickoff Full of Extremists

DUH. You have to be EXTREMELY STUPID to support trump.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-20 11:05 AM | Reply

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, You have a point, extremist of any stripe ignore any news they disagree with. I guess everyone that voted for Trump is stupid, and everyone that agrees with you is smart.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-06-20 11:10 AM | Reply

The extremism in this thread is extreme.

#27 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-20 11:20 AM | Reply

The extremism in this thread is extreme.

#27 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Yeah sheep4trump is going to lecture us about extremism. He's an expert - someone so liberal that he spends all day defending trump because liberals aren't liberal enough.

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-20 01:20 PM | Reply

Your extremist are our patriots. Your activist are our traitors. From what I have seen, if you get into a fight of any kind with your opposition at any level, you loose, every time.

#24 | Posted by docnjo

Hahaha patriots. What did all you patriots say when your cult leader mocked POWs? What did you say when your cult leader said he trusted putin over our armed services?

#29 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-20 01:21 PM | Reply

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, You have a point, extremist of any stripe ignore any news they disagree with. I guess everyone that voted for Trump is stupid, and everyone that agrees with you is smart.

#26 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

"I love the poorly educated."

#30 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-06-20 01:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Your extremist are our patriots. Your activist are our traitors. From what I have seen, if you get into a fight of any kind with your opposition at any level, you loose, every time.

#24 | Posted by docnjo

How are all you patriots reacting to your cult leader refusing to defend america from ongoing foreign attacks or to retaliate against the attackers?

#31 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-20 02:00 PM | Reply

#31 | Posted by SpeakSoftly Pointing out reality is not hateful. The fact is if you continue to paint the people you disagree with as inhuman monsters, Nazis, Russian Bots, Raciest, stupid hiljacks, etc. Go give the green light to assault first, kill soon. Your barbarians are at the gates, you need to take some direct action. Do it. See what consequences you unleash.

#32 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-06-20 03:06 PM | Reply

#32 | Posted by docnjo

what are you talking about?

I asked how you so-called patriots reacted to trump refusing to defend america from ongoing foreign attacks or to retaliate against the attackers, mocking POWs, and choosing to trust putin instead of the US military.

How did did those events make you feel, "PATRIOT?"

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-20 03:47 PM | Reply

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly Trump isn't the problem, guns aren't the problem, so called hate speech isn't the problem. People who want to fight instead of talking are. Hell, Clinton was more than chummy with the red Chinese. Trump isn't a ally of Putin. Obama seemed much more apt to give the Russians the store. Like a third of the Ukraine and half of Georgia, both happened while he was in office.

#34 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-06-20 08:52 PM | Reply

"Obama seemed much more apt to give the Russians the store. Like a third of the Ukraine and half of Georgia, both happened while he was in office"

Should Trump right that wrong?
LOL

#35 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-06-20 08:55 PM | Reply

DOC, I notice you didn't answer Speak's question. How do you patriots feel about our president doing nothing about a documented foreign attack On our nation.

#36 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-06-21 08:07 AM | Reply

Doc's cowboy boots must be pretty soggy seeing that he's been carrying Trump's water for so long.

Maybe he needs to start pouring the excesses into his ten gallon hat. From reading his posts here over the past few years, the hat must be pretty empty inside.

#37 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-06-21 09:09 AM | Reply

TFD

"How do you patriots feel about our president doing nothing about a documented foreign attack On our nation."

He didn't do "nothing." He pulled the plug as soon as that red phone started jumping up and down with urgency.

Of course, in Trump's case, he would need three red phone ~ one for Russia, one for Israel and one for Saudi Arabia. Trump has sold America out to so many people that he's boxed himself into a dilemma.

One thing we know for sure ~ Trump didn't have a sudden attack of conscience. Somebody got in his ear and started shouting ~ "You f'n idiot!"

#38 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-06-21 09:14 AM | Reply

Watch and see if John Bolton doesn't get fired over this.

#39 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-06-21 09:35 AM | Reply

Maybe DOCNJO thinks this was a report from a Cory Booker rally? I just don't get his backwards comments.

#40 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-06-21 10:28 AM | Reply

"From the view of the extreme left, Trump supporters WOULD seem extreme."

Brother, from the view of moderate Republicans Humpy supporters seem extreme.

Welcome back Ray.

Hope your Gold is finally all neatly stacked in the bunker.

#41 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-06-21 10:42 AM | Reply

Comrade Docnjo claiming that he is a patriot? LMAO

He is nothing of the sort. Traitor is more like it.

#42 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-06-21 06:05 PM | Reply

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