On Saturday, heavily armed fascists with the “National Socialist Movement” assembled in front of the Arkansas Capitol to hold a white nationalist rally. Police kept the counter-demonstrators separate from the rally-goers during the event, which remained mostly peaceful. Here’s what we saw.
Before the rally, the group gathered at a nearby Kohl’s to check that their weapons were clear and legal. Under Arkansas law, the group would have been legally prohibited from carrying their weapons with a round chambered or loaded magazine inside.
Overall, the group attempted to rebrand a bit, moving more toward a leftwing aesthetic.
The group is trying to push leftward a bit, unveiling a new logo. While still fascist, they’re trying to emphasize the “socialist” element of their platform. pic.twitter.com/PAuHJKqMYU
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) November 11, 2018
The group also tried to distance themselves from President Donald Trump.
I asked the nazi group’s ” about Trump. “He’s a different type of nationalist,” explained the group’s “commander” Jeff Schoep. “It would be wrong to characterize us as Trump supporters.”