Only a tiny handful of free speech advocates and Trump supporters showed up Saturday for what was billed as a giant rally for conservatives. The right was shut down by tens of thousands of leftists who paraded through the streets, joyous over their crushing victory over their fellow citizens that they label as “Nazis.”
Microchip has called for implementing a strategy of the alt-right announcing rallies and then not showing up for them. The idea is to let the left exhaust itself in its mass hysteria. The sight of thousands of masked antifa holding down streets empty of patriots is kind of funny when you think about it. Ditto the denunciations by liberal politicians of free speech and the right of peaceful patriots to assemble and speak.
The whole San Francisco operation may have been a giant Microchip trolling operation, per his strategy. Or maybe not. It’s hard to tell.
As to the press’s claims that the left was peaceful today, ask the journalist who was attacked in a live stream video embedded in a post earlier today.
Excerpt from Mercury News
SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of demonstrators denouncing racism filled this city’s streets Saturday, as right-wing activists who had planned a show of force here found themselves holding meetings in secret locations to avoid the wrath of counterprotesters.
San Francisco for the past two weeks had girded itself for violence after a right-wing group planned a demonstration Saturday afternoon at Crissy Field. But Portland-based Patriot Prayer late Friday canceled the rally and said they would hold a “news conference” at iconic Alamo Square Park instead.
Police, however, foiled that plan when they fenced off the park Saturday morning and closed it to the public. So instead, thousands of people marched peacefully around the city, holding signs in protest of white supremacy, hate and President Donald Trump — and later gathered to dance at a concert in Civic Center Plaza. Only a few dozen right-wing protesters showed up all day.
“We shut down” their protests, said Rafael Picazo, who grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District and now lives in Hayward, at the intersection of Mission and 24th streets, where the counterprotest ended. “I think we accomplished a lot.”
Joey Gibson, the founder of Patriot Prayer and the main organizer of the Crissy Field rally, held several news conferences throughout the day in which he denounced San Francisco leaders for trying to restrict his speech.
He made a brief appearance in Pacifica, just south of San Francisco, saying he was “here to promote love and peace and freedom” and insisting that he does not support white nationalism or racism.
About 4:30 p.m., he and a contingent of about 50 followers gathered at Crissy Field and quickly got into shouting matches with opponents, but the group departed within an hour as more counterprotesters gathered after they heard Patriot Prayer members were there.
Several of the group’s members said they were planning to attend a right-wing protest in Berkeley’s Civic Center Park on Sunday that was also “canceled” by its main organizer on Friday — and which East Bay officials worry has a higher chance of seeing violent clashes than the San Francisco protests.
In an interview with the Bay Area News Group at Crissy Field, Gibson said he was set up by the media and elected officials such as San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“I felt in my heart people were trying to incite a riot,” he said. “I felt that if we had gone ahead with the rally, someone would have been badly hurt. ”
He claimed that Patriot Prayer was trying to help people communicate and help everyone “be a good person.”
Late Saturday morning, a peaceful demonstration grew around the fenced-off Alamo Square Park under a bright sun and a cloudless sky. Families toting young children and bandanna-masked anarchists marched next to each other, chanting and hoisting signs like “If you’re going to San Francisco, DON’T BE A NAZI!” “Fight White Supremacy!” and “More Sex Less Hate.” A phalanx of police officers looked on impassively.
At Crissy Field, far from the main groups of counterprotesters, a handful of Trump supporters hung out in the shade of a tree in mid-afternoon. Several members of the dejected group said they had driven from as far as Portland to attend Gibson’s rally, and were disappointed more of their allies hadn’t showed up.
“Free speech is worth protecting,” said Daryl Tempesta, 53, of Santa Cruz, who wore a Trump hat and an American flag draped around his neck. “I’m an American, and I wanted to protect the Constitution.”
Tempesta said he had been picking up “a lot of dog poop” on Crissy Field beach — apparently the remnants of a unique protest planned by San Francisco dog owners to muck up the planned right-wing rally.
Across the Bay in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park, several hundred people formed the words “End Hate!” for an aerial photograph on Saturday morning. The “human banner” event was put on by Women’s March Contra Costa.