There are two tactics that the left loves to use for events like these. Either they will send a bus full of counter protestors (usually union thugs who get a paid day off to come harass us), or they plant liberals in the crowd to pose as one of us and make us look like crazies (usually they are holding offensive/racist signs or shouting offensive things from the crowd). We’ve prepared a few helpful pointers for how to prepare for these situations.
1. Be prepared to shout down protestors with a chant
If the rally is interrupted by protestors, you should be prepared to drown them out with a chant. A popular chant for these events is “U-S-A!” The entire crowd will join you in expressing patriotism long enough for the offenders to lose interest. It also helps if you designate someone to start the chant if necessary. This is something you can handle yourself, the emcee can handle, and so can any other volunteers. But know in advance whose responsibility it is to get the chant started.
2. Acknowledge protestors
If the protestors are peaceful and do not interrupt the rally, then it’s helpful to acknowledge their presence and thank them for exercising their first amendment rights. You can also ask the crowd to give them a round of applause. This is great because it shows that we’re peacefully gathering to express our beliefs and values – which completely undermines one of the mainstream media’s favorite narratives about us! Again, know in advance who will do this – either the emcee or one of the speakers.
3. Have signs and flags ready
You may also encounter protestors that don’t necessarily disagree with us, but want to piggy-back off your rally in order to have their conspiracy theories heard. For example, we had a group of “truthers” crash a rally at a state capitol. They held a large sign declaring the government was behind 9/11, and the police refused to escort them off of OUR STAGE! Instead of causing a scene, we recruited 10-15 people with signs and flags to stand in front of their sign. There’s no need to escalate a confrontation, but having a group of people prepared to stand in front of unwelcome protestors is a good idea.
4. Call out the spies and plants if they make themselves known
If you see a racist sign or hear offensive speech, do not hesitate to shame that individual into leaving. Point them out from the stage and tell them that those statements do not reflect our beliefs or what we’re trying to accomplish. Ask the crowd to boo them if you have to! There’s no room at Day of Resistance for hateful or offensive people – and those who attend the rally will certainly be on your side if you need to shame a liberal plant into leaving!
The vast majority of these rallies will not have to worry about any of these problems, but we need to be prepared to handle any situation that might arise.