Juggalos, Trump Supporters, Counterprotesters to Converge on DC Saturday


I'm talking about two guys, actually, Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler), the duo that is the band Insane Clown Posse.

Juggalos, the notorious fans of the hororcore rap-duo Insane Clown Posse, can be seen as a sort of refracted vision of President Trump's base.

Hundreds of Juggalos gathered on the National Mall for the march, which was preceded by speeches from Juggalos who said they've been discriminated against for their support of the band and performances from musicians on the hip-hop group's Psychopathic Records label.

In 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation included Juggalos in its report on street gangs, calling them a "loosely-organized hybrid gang" that was "rapidly expanding" across the US. "I guarantee you", said Jeffery Carroll, assistant chief of the Metropolitan Police Department.

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Todd Okan, 35, said he was pulled over by police in Sacramento, California, because he had stickers of Insane Clown Posse's "hatchet man" mascot on his vehicle. However, fans have been battling to clear the Juggalos' names since then, claiming that people have been harassed by police, lost their jobs or have been affected in child custody cases due to that label.

An insane political circus will descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend under a barrage of a protests, rallies, counterprotests and marching Juggalos. "Some of us are medics, military folks, we are the people who work at the cash register, who save your lives at the hospital", one Jugalette (a female Juggalo) told the Hill.

Fans of the weird clown-makeup-clad rappers earned the gang designation in 2011 when they were listed in the National Gang Intelligence Center's National Gang Threat Assessment.

"(Like) other musical fan bases, the vast majority of Juggalos have nothing to do with criminal activity", a recent legal brief said, "let alone organized crime".

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"I didn't have a problem with this country".

"These people come from broken homes, split families, drugs, poverty, discrimination and they found an outlet to come together", explained Scott Donihoo, who runs a website dedicated to the movement. "It's like they took that one thing away that made me not have a problem with the government", Violent J said in a recent interview with Reason.

Yesterday also saw a rightwing demonstration by supporters of President Donald Trump, dubbed the "Mother of All Rallies", as well as a counter-protest by civil rights activists Black Lives Matter.

The "Mother of All Rallies" moniker appears to be a reference to the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (more commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs), which was dropped earlier this year on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan. "MOAR will send a message to the world that the voices of mainstream Americans must be heard". These values, along with face paint, macabre imagery, greeting each other with "whoop whoop", and a love of the midwest root beer Faygo, are core elements of the Juggalo subculture.

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"No Confederate flags, communist flags, or foreign flags allowed. It's not a left or right rally", the group's website says.