Washington, D.C., police are preparing for at least three rallies this weekend on the National Mall. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption
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Washington, D.C., is no stranger to First Amendment demonstrations. But local police will have a heightened challenge this weekend as a trio of rallies will place groups with clashing political views in close proximity on the National Mall.
The Juggalo March begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial and ends near the Washington Monument. Around the same time, Trump supporters are staging what they’ve dubbed “The Mother of All Rallies” near the monument. Their website said they’ll “demand protection for traditional American culture.”
“You want to keep a separation between two groups with opposing views, because we see it in Washington, D.C., all the time, it’s a few bad actors within the group that are going to contribute to the violence,” said D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.
The so-called “Juggalos,” many of whom paint their faces to resemble clowns, are fans of a hip-hop/rap-rock music duo called the Insane Clown Posse.
One mission of their march — which took more than a