Despite the mainstream media playing up Antifa’s weekend rallies in 22 U.S. cities, where millions of radical leftist protesters were supposed to show up, abysmal numbers actually showed up.
In fact, the expectations of Refuse Fascism – the group that organized the weekend’s multi-city rallies – came up so far short of “organizing millions of people to drive out the fascist Trump-Pence regime” that counter-protesters showed up in greater numbers.
“SUPPOSED Antifa protests were condemned as a complete flop by America’s alt-right [Saturday] amid claims demonstrators were outnumbered by Donald Trump supporters,” the U.K.’s Express reported.
Free and paid publicity can’t buy numbers
Refuse Fascism – founded by Revolutionary Communist Party Chairman Bob Avakian – bought a full-page ad in the New York Times to gain exposure for the rally, and despite much free press coverage by the national media during the days before the event, only trace numbers bothered showing up.
Far from drawing millions, Antifa political activists did not even draw thousands – with the exception of the Los Angeles, where approximately 2,000 took to the streets – as most cities were lucky to register crowds in the hundreds.
Local news reports announced that just about 200 Antifa demonstrators turned out for the San Francisco and Philadelphia rallies, and numbers were even more dismal in Seattle, where liberal anti-American sentiments run high.
“In the Antifa stronghold of Seattle, local observers estimate an attendance of about 50 during the afternoon,” Breitbart reported. “Many protest signs can be seen lying on the ground, untouched and unused.”
And things were even more bleak for Antifa in the Lone Star State, where red typically overcomes blue.
“Refuse Fascism even tried to organize in Texas, but only managed to mobilize what appeared to be just over a dozen protesters,” Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari pointed out.
Owen Shroyer of the right-wing conspiracy theory website, Infowars, gave an idea of just how small the demonstrations were, indicating that they turned out to look more like Trump rallies than Antifa protests.
“They spent millions of dollars on this, they bought full-page ads in the NYT, but today rolls around and it’s a dud,” Shroyer informed, according to the Express. “Here in Austin you have about 30 Anti-Trump protests, 50 police protecting them and 200 Trump supporters or more out here chanting USA in the streets – it really turned into a Trump event if anything.”
Instead of igniting a contagious anti-America movement, the embarrassing turnouts could be signifying an early end to the militant liberal group’s social justice campaign targeting Trump.
“Overall, there has been no sign of an ‘Antifa apocalypse,’” Bokhari noted. “Protesters only numbered in hundreds in leftist hotbeds like New York City and Philadelphia, despite substantial advertising and attention in the national media … In many other locations targeted by Refuse Fascism, protesters could only muster a few dozen supporters.”
A day to forget
Conservative media reporting on the Antifa rallies called the nationwide effort “Antifail.”
But some of the same right-leaning news agencies that ended up laughing at the innocuous demonstrations were alerting the nation last week about the magnitude and anticipated widespread destruction of Antifa’s planned Saturday rallies.
“And the group were expected to hijack the series of anti-government, left-wing demonstrations [Saturday] in what was being called an ‘antifa civil war,’” the Express’ Vickiie Oliphant noted. “Far-right media outlets in the U.S. described the impending demonstrations as the ‘antifa apocalypse,’ issuing dire warnings that ‘antifa supersoldiers’ will terrorize the nation.”
Instead of focusing on the humiliating turnouts Antifa registered in every city where protests were staged, the leftist media took the opportunity to try and blast conservative media outlets for warning Americans about impending street invasions led by leftist maniacs flying Antifa banners while ransacking the nation’s major cities.
“The so-called November 4 protests -- which took place in cities across the country [Saturday and was] hosted by a nascent protest group called Refuse Fascism, will likely be remembered more for what they did not look like, than what they did,” Newsweek asserted. “Far-right conspiracies had morphed the event into a fantasy world of unrealistic expectations. Antifa was going to start a civil war. Antifa-bred supersoldiers were going to behead white people in town squares across the country.”