A motley group of religious-right leaders, right-wing activists, and Republican officials are descending on Washington, D.C. Saturday for overlapping and competing events meant to keep Trump in the White House. Here’s a quick guide (thread).
“Let the Church ROAR,” a “prayer rally” on the National Mall, is being promoted by “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander, Phyllis Schlafly acolyte Ed Martin, and organizers of “Jericho Marches” that have been taking place at state capitols. https://t.co/7Uby3wD5pl
In the morning, “Jericho March” activists will circle the US Capitol, Supreme Court, and Dept of Justice seven times, an allusion to a Bible story about God bringing the walls of Jericho down after the Israelite army marched around the city for seven days https://t.co/lFnqH3sN5t
In the Bible story, the crumbling of Jericho’s walls was followed by the slaughter of the city’s inhabitants. “Jericho March” organizers say they are asking God to bring down the “corruption” they say is stealing the election from Trump.
Religious-right author, pundit, and protester-puncher Eric Metaxas will emcee “Let the Church ROAR.” https://t.co/pR1Hfc4Xlw
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has called on Trump to declare martial law rather than admit defeat, will speak at that rally and at a “One Nation Under God” event at the Supreme Court in the morning. https://t.co/JepUNpCg1k
Former Rep. Bob McEwen, who heads the Council for National Policy, a secretive and influential network of right-wing leaders, is also set to speak at the Supreme Court.
A splinter group of “Stop the Steal” activists, led by Tea Party activist Amy Kremer, are fresh off a “March for Trump” bus tour and will rally at Freedom Plaza, but they have been denounced as “hijackers” by an organizer of the National Mall rally https://t.co/gAxwfMJtNF
The Proud Boys hate group, which was involved in street fighting after the Nov. 14 MAGA rally in DC, has promoted the Freedom Plaza event on its Telegram channel, while conservative Christian media have promoted “Let the Church ROAR.”
Charisma promoted the Freedom Plaza event in a post that made the wildly inaccurate claim that the Nov. 14 Trump rally, which drew thousands, “had up to 1.5 million attendees in what very possibly was the largest rally in the city’s history.” https://t.co/Tn50bmMPxD