A former Nixon adviser, a conspiracy theorist radio host, two African-American singing sisters, a group of bikers and a self-proclaimed “Second Amendment advocate”will join forces in Cleveland on July 18 to hold a rally for a former reality television star.
This motley crew is going to assemble for what they’re calling “The America First Unity Rally,” an opening salvo for what is already going to be the most unconventional Republican National Convention in history.
The event, according to the host’s site, Citizens for Trump, was initially billed as “Our Votes Matter,” when it first appeared that a brokered convention could prevent Donald Trump from becoming the party’s nominee. It was going to be a solidarity gathering of sorts—a warning to the Republican establishment about trying to tear the nomination away from their man’s stubby fingers.
“Citizens for Trump changed the focus and name of the event to ‘America First Unity Rally’ in anticipation of celebrating Mr. Trump’s nomination after it was very clear that he had clinched the GOP mantle from a field of 17 other candidates,” the website now declares.
“I am very excited to be part of this grassroots demonstration of support for the Donald,” longtime Trump ally and former campaign adviser Roger Stone told The Daily Beast in an email. “Ours is a peaceful demonstration and an important counter-point to the violence perpetrated by Move-on and BLM crowd. We hope to build a record crowd to make a statement to the country.”
The former Nixon protege and famous dirty trickster who’s also previously advised the likes of unlikely presidential hopefuls Al Sharpton and Gary Johnson will speak at the Trump event alongside Diamond & Silk, a singing sister warm-up act for the candidate, and InfoWars host and false-flag fanatic Alex Jones.
Jones and Stone are frequent collaborators; like the Thelma and Louise for Trump’s campaign, they’re ready to drive the car off the cliff if need be. Jones, sun-bleached and often teeth-gnashing with a mile-long forehead, has provided both Stone and Trump himself with plenty of airtime throughout the campaign, even as the host himself has pushed theories about Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin’s supposed lesbian relationship and ties to terror.
While InfoWars is listed as a sponsor of the event, Jones did not respond to a text message or a voicemail from The Daily Beast about his involvement in it.
Another sponsor listed for the event is Eternal Sentry, a self-proclaimed Alt-Right website which was created to “refute the tenants (sic) of critical theory and cultural Marxist offshoots such as the social justice movement that encompasses atheism, multiculturalism, feminism, homosexuality, transgenderism, and abortion,” among many, many, many other things.
The site’s producer, Paul Chambers, who is also listed as the Content Creation Team Director for Citizens for Trump, has written about the potential fall of the white race in America.
“Ladies and gentleman, the fall of western societies will usher in the return of tribalism and barbarism,” he wrote in a Facebook post in April. “It is time for the white man to protect his interest and ONLY his interests. Whites cannot afford to continue to fund their own genocide! ‘Democracy’ has failed whites. The age of ‘enlightenment’ has failed humanity, it is impossible to raise another race into western civilization, culture creates community, and community creates civilization—whites can no longer afford to support a culture that only values tribalism and barbarism.”
Chambers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Beast about his involvement in the event.
One person who will be addressing the crowd there is Second Amendment advocate and firearms instructor Jan Morgan, who burst onto the conservative scene with a 2014 article called “Why I Want My Range to be a Muslim Free Zone.”
“Since I published this article over a year ago, Islamic jihadists who committed the last two terrorist attacks on American soil, were trained and practiced at their area gun ranges,” she wrote in a recent updated to that article. “This, once again, validates my decision. I refuse to train the next islamic terrorist.”
If that wasn’t enough to put fear in the hearts of any Trump-opposed Republicans, the group Bikers for Trump is also set to be in attendance.
The 20,000-person strong leather-wearing Trump fan organization previously told The Daily Beast that they “are not looking for a fight, but at the same time, if someone starts one, we won’t back down.”
Or, as one biker put it in a video on beefing up security shared by the group: “If that means us having to protect ourselves by taking someone else’s life, that’s what we’re going to have to do.”
But Stone, who previously threatened to send Trump supporters to the hotel rooms of delegates who opposed his nomination, no longer seems worried about a fight.
“What if [it] snows in Cleveland in August,” he replied, when The Daily Beast asked if the #NeverTrump movement could steal his guy’s nomination. “Zero chance of both.”
As for what he’s looking forward to at the convention, after the America First rally kicks things off on day one?
“Cleveland in August?” Stone mused. “It being over.”