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As Trump Supporters Converge on DC, Airbnb Takes a Stand

Rental service pulls alleged Proud Boys member's reservation in advance of planned protests Saturday
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2020 8:15 AM CST
Trump on MAGA Protests in DC: I May 'Try to Stop By'
Supporters of President Trump protest Friday in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Last Saturday, the streets of DC filled with people celebrating that the presidential race had been called for Joe Biden. This Saturday, crowds will once more gather, but this time they'll be made up of supporters of President Trump, who still hasn't conceded to President-elect Biden. The Washington Post reports that streets in the nation's capital will start closing at 6am Saturday to accommodate the various planned protests, including a Women for America First event, a "Million MAGA March," and a "Stop the Steal" demonstration. The rallies have been promoted by conspiracy theorists, far-right media personalities, and white nationalists, several of whom the Post says are expected to attend. Counterprotests also appear to be in the works. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany noted Thursday that she expects the turnout to be "quite large," per the Hill. "People want to show up and have their voice heard," she said. More on the DC happenings:

  • A Trump appearance? The president himself noted he may swing by during the rallies. "Heartwarming to see all of the tremendous support out there, especially the organic Rallies that are springing up all over the Country, including a big one on Saturday in D.C.," he tweeted Friday. "I may even try to stop by and say hello." He then made another baseless claim about election fraud, which was flagged by Twitter as "disputed."

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  • Airbnb diss: The vacation rental company got wind that an alleged member of the far-right extremist group Proud Boys had reserved a place to stay in DC, and it has since canceled that reservation and banned the person from its service, reports Fox News. "Anyone affiliated with hate groups has no place on Airbnb," the company tweeted.
  • Mayor's message: Muriel Bowser said earlier this week that law enforcement in the district was ready for the crowds. "We continue to follow those activities and be prepared for those activities," she told reporters Tuesday, per the Hill, adding that protesters carrying weapons would be a "police matter" (open carry is prohibited in DC). "We will be there to support peaceful exercise of First Amendment demonstrations."
  • Hijacked hashtag: Meanwhile, the Independent reports that teens on TikTok and other social media platforms are usurping the #MillionMAGAMarch hashtag that's emerged to promote the event, using it instead to post pictures of pancakes.
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