Held at the Washington Mall on Saturday, the “The Mother of All Rallies” (MOAR) had a surprising last-minute guest speaker who shut down the media’s narrative that the rally was being held in support of “racism and white supremacy,” because he was a member of Black Lives Matter.
Organized as a grassroots movement in support of President Donald J. Trump, MOAR took place in response to “increasing political and social unrest,” according to the group, leaving “many to believe that core American values, customs and traditions are being sacrificed.”
MOAR’s website urged Trump supporters to attend in order to “demand protection for traditional American culture” and also be able to freely express their “love for the United States and the America First agenda.”
Black Lives Matters members arrived at the rally, expecting to find a group of “racists, bigots, and KKK members,” and they walked around the area looking for confrontation, according to a video in which one of the BLM members filmed and narrated their walk through groups of parents with children and various individuals who basically ignored the group wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts and loudly chanting their epithet.
Henry Davis, a black Trump supporter with a large Facebook following, took the stage and called out BLM members that he supports Trump.
MOAR organizer Tommy Gunn, a Conservative internet personality known as the Pissed Off American, was speaking on stage when he saw an opportunity to either antagonize the group or put his hand out to them in friendship. He chose the latter and invited them to come on stage and stand silently.
Gunn then announced that Black Lives Matter would be given an opportunity to speak, according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon, which was one of the only news outlets to cover the rally honestly. “Whether they disagree or agree with your message is irrelevant. It’s the fact you have the right to have a message, just like all of them have the right to their message,” Gunn said, as he handed the microphone over to Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York.
Addressing the mostly pro-Trump crowd, Newsome spoke for several minutes about his group’s cause — getting rid of bad policemen — and how there are bad eggs in every group, but most people are good and just want to live peacefully with their fellow Americans. “If we really want to make America great, we do it together,” Newsome told the group, receiving boisterous cheers in response.
Although the group disagreed with some of his statements and booed at times, they listened to him respectfully and approvingly cheered whenever his words were about our common love for this country and real desire to get along, despite the media’s race-baiting reports as they seek to divide Americans. Because of what happened on that stage, both groups suddenly realized they had more in common than they ever knew, and each side stopped using those harsh words and false labels.
Commenting on the Black Lives Matters president’s speech, Will Jonhson of Unite America First was moved by the way everyone was able to come together. “I’m a black man. If black lives really mattered,” he said, “then they need to protest in Chicago. Let’s take it to Chicago. Let’s bring everybody. We need to have a MOAR rally in Chicago with BLM.”
Keynote speakers included author Hamody Jasim and the founder of Latinos for Trump, Marco Gutierrez. The band Madison Rising was the featured performer.
Two days after the event, Gunn said in a Facebook Live video that the rally was a difficult undertaking, and he did take some flak for letting BLM take the stage. However, the way the rally unified the two opposing groups was proof enough that it would be worth it to hold the event annually.
“We secured our own platform and we controlled the media narrative by giving them five minutes,” said Gunn on Monday in a Facebook Live post. “We prevented headlines of BLM being mobbed by Trump supporters and beat down, which would be used as fuel in the future against any rally we hold.”
“I still believe that this country can be saved with words and balance,” said Gunn. “I don’t believe we’ve reached the point of bullets and blood yet.”
One woman who came to the rally as a BLM member wrote on Facebook, after the fact, that the rally changed her opinion of Trump supporters.
She wrote a post stating:
I do not support racism. I do not support bigotry. I do not support fascism.
I am not a sell out because I want unity.
To achieve equality, you must obtain unity.
I do not like Nazis, KKK, Neo-Confederates for obvious reasons.
The 3% ARE NOT NAZIS.
Not all Trump Supporters are racist.
Seriously… y’all gotta chill.
Also, anymore arguments with me on my page about this and you’re blocked. Not dealing with anymore negativity.
“It was a great thing that happened at that rally!” stated one person on Facebook who attended the rally. “Think about it. If that wouldn’t have happened would I be agreeing with you right now as one AMERICAN to another. Because I can tell you, our government or the media will NEVER try to bring this country together. They will only try to keep us at each other’s throats. It will be up to all of us AMERICANS to bring us together.”
“We’re not each other’s enemy, as the media wishes us to be,” said another, in a comment that was endemic of everyone’s feelings that the media has created the narrative of a race war in order to separate Americans.
Another Trump supporter wrote, “It’s awesome to see BLM and three-percenters finding common ground instead of just viewing each other through misconceptions and suspicion. Thank you for going to the MOAR rally. Your presence appears to have begun the bridge building.”
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