September 16, 2017 9:34 pm
Updated: September 17, 2017 12:44 pm

Black Lives Matter activists address Trump supporters at Washington rally

WATCH: Trump supporters show up in Washington, D.C. for ‘Mother of All Rallies’

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A day of competing protests in Washington unexpectedly included a group of Black Lives Matter activists who appeared near the stage of a rally intended to support President Donald Trump.

But the momentary tension was defused when a Trump rally organizer invited them onstage and offered one of them a microphone.

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The pro-Trump organizer said, “It’s your right to say whatever you believe, and it’s their (the crowd’s) right to let you know what they think about what you’re saying.”

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Trump supporters had hoped to bring out thousands to pack the National Mall on Saturday. In the end, hundreds of flag-waving demonstrators did their best to make some noise in support of the president, who had skipped town for the weekend. That rally came after a small morning demonstration by anti-Trump activists near the White House.

Both sides were dwarfed by the juggalos, as supporters of the rap group Insane Clown Posse are known. At the Lincoln Memorial, about 1,500 juggalos staged an all-day rally and concert to protest what they say is class-based discrimination by law enforcement.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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