For those who want to avoid the potential mayhem, that means a lot of street closures and traffic.
D.C. police said there would be about 15 road closures around the Mall between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., including the 9th and 12th street tunnels. Parts of C, D and E streets NW near the Mall are also among the closures.
Metro announced that the Smithsonian station, on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines, will also be closed. Trains will pass through the station, but won’t stop.
The two most prominent events of the day will be the rally for Insane Clown Posse fans who call themselves Juggalos and a pro-Trump “free-speech” rally dubbed the Mother of All Rallies.
The Juggalo march aims to protest the FBI’s 2011 classification of the group as a gang after several crimes committed by people who identified as Juggalos. Jason Webber, an organizer of the rally, said the group is apolitical, but added that many of the band’s songs decry racism and bigotry. He said 3,000 people are planning to attend.
The Mother of All Rallies website says its event is aimed at uniting Americans and is open to all political affiliations, although it is working to promote Trump’s “America First” agenda. Peter Boykin, president of Gays for Trump and a speaker at the conservative rally, said he expect anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people to attend.
Boykin said he will call on rallygoers to get involved in their local GOP to enact change in politics. But he said he’ll also be touching on more controversial topics during his speech, speaking out against what he calls Sharia law, transgender men and women in the military and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for “dreamers” brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants during childhood.
Both Webber and Boykin said their rallies have no plans to interact with one another, and they are not expecting any brawls.
“We think Washington D.C. is a great, safe place to have a rally, and I’m not looking for a fight,” Boykin said. “In Washington D.C., police do their jobs, so I’m not worried about major fights with outside groups. I don’t think it’s going to become a Charlottesville groups or anything like that.”
At least one counterprotest to the conservative rally is in the works. A Facebook group called “White Supremacists Out of Washington!” is planning to gather at Farragut Square to protest the pro-Trump rally.
“The far right is holding their biggest gathering since Charlottesville in Washington DC this Saturday — right on the Mall,” the Facebook description reads. “We are rallying together in Impeachment (Farragut) Square to show that we will no longer tolerate white supremacy, nor this white supremacist administration. We demand White Supremacists OUT of Washington DC: out of office, and out of the streets.”
Joining them will also be a left-leaning protest at the White House called the March to Protect American Democracy, which intends to call attention to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to its website.
In addition to all of this, there will be weddings and charity races all unfolding on the Mall at the same time.
U.S. Park Police and D.C. police both say they are prepared for the large number of events Saturday. U.S. Park Police has jurisdiction over the Mall, while D.C. police has jurisdiction on the streets that surround that park space.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said on “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” this week that his department is ready.
National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said on the show that the agency is “not concerned with the message of the organizers.”
“We’re proud to make the Mall available to all,” he said.
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