Protesters Are Demanding Donald Trump Be Removed From WWE Hall of Fame

Nothing can escape the glare of Donald Trump's buffoonery in 2017. With Americans angry over his lacking response to white supremacists, an unexpected group is calling for his ouster: wrestling fans.

But no, they're not asking for him to be impeached. WWE fans are worried about an institution that is much more sacred, the WWE Hall of Fame. Gothamist spoke to a group of fans gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and they believe there is precedent for Trump to be removed from the hall.

“We were talking about how Trump gave that crazy press conference, and then thought about how he's in the WWE Hall of Fame even though Hulk Hogan got kicked out over racism,” said John Stevens, one of the men arguing Trump should get the boot. “What Trump has done is remarkably worse than what Hogan did, since he's dividing the country by siding with neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”

Stevens would continue, claiming that it reflects poorly on the company to keep Trump in. “I was sickened by that press conference, and his response to Charlottesville,” Stevens said. “WWE is endorsing those comments by having [Trump] in their Hall of Fame. I can't wrap my brain around the fact that they'd leave him in there, take Hogan out and claim they say they care about racism.”

Trump has taken a lot of heat for his handling of the tragic situation in Charlottesville, Virginia, blaming “many sides” in the immediate aftermath of a white supremacist running over a counter-protester, Heather Heyer.

In fairness, if racism was the driving force behind a possible Trump ouster, the WWE didn't exactly need the Charlottesville aftermath to be affiliated with racism. In the late 1980s, he took out full-page ads in major New York newspapers calling for the death penalty in the case of the “Central Park Five,” in which a group of black men were eventually exonerated after facing sexual assault charges. Decades later, he refused to back down from his stance in spite of DNA evidence and confessions from the actual assailant.

The rest of his history isn't a whole lot better, if at all. He accused a federal judge of being biased against him because of Mexican heritage (the judge was born in Indiana), he was sued repeatedly for not renting to black tenants, his casinos were fined for removing African-American card dealers at a gambler's request, claimed Barack Obama was a foreign-born Muslim (he is not and it wouldn't matter if he was Muslim anyway), and attacked the family of a deceased U.S. Army officer after they spoke out against him during the 2016 election.

So yeah, WWE fans upset with him being in the Hall of Fame have a point, even if it's one that could have been made when he was originally inducted into the Hall in 2013. Though his normalization through WWE was not as big of a problem as it is now that he's in the most powerful office in America, the luster of his Hair vs. Hair match against Vince McMahon is not more important than showing your fans you give a damn about racism.

But who knows! Maybe this will give WWE the kick in the ass it needs to take action. Given that McMahon is a close friend and supporter of Trump's don't expect him to get booted from the Hall of Fame anytime soon.

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Thousands of Counter-Protesters Showed Up to Drive Alt-Right Rally Out of Boston

One week after a nation was shaken up by a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, an alt-right rally in Boston was effectively stopped after thousands of counter-protesters hit the streets to let the group know they weren't welcome in their city.

A so-called “free speech rally” was meant to take place at Boston Common, a public park at the center of the Massachusetts city. According to a Facebook post for the rally, the speakers were expected to include Joe Biggs, a former employee of right-wing conspiracy site InfoWars, as well as Kyle Chapman, the founder of an alt-right “fight club” organized specifically to fight counter-protesters in the streets.

But it never appeared to get off the ground, and the site of the protest was almost completely absent of people willing to stand up and represent the alt-right, just one weekend after Heather Heyer was killed by a neo-Nazi terrorist in Virginia.

Another man who was scheduled to speak at the rally claimed to be shocked by how unorganized it was. “I didn't realize how unplanned of an event it was going to be,” said Samson Racioppi,. “It kinda fell apart.”

This could be explained by the show of force from the other side that showed up. An estimated 15,000 people, many of them chanting anti-Nazi slogans and openly shaming supporters of Donald Trump, made their presence felt. The message was pretty clear: the intolerant will not be tolerated.

They appeared to wildly outnumber members of the alt-right, and through their presence alone, they shamed and intimidated open Trump supporters into hiding symbols connecting them to the President.

The few protesters who did show up would eventually run away with their tails between their legs. Several different people in attendance at the rally alluded to Nazis and white supremacists taking refuge in Boston Police vehicles, and the local PD was tasked with transporting them to an unidentified safe area somewhere else in the city.

Scheduled to last from 12:00 p.m. local time until 2 p.m., Boston Police declared the event was over at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled end, and other reports from the ground claimed the protesters started fleeing the area as early as 12:45 p.m.

The overwhelming sentiment from the Boston crowd was a rejection of the beliefs that led to the death of Heyer one week prior. The fight against racism, specifically against neo-Nazis and their ideals, was even given a Boston-themed touch up by some of the attendees.

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While the counter-protest will not erase what happened in Charlottesville, it did make a lot of people around the country feel better about America, if only for a brief moment. Messages of support poured in from all around the world, cheering on the people who hit the ground and made their voices heard.

The best news of the day? The protests remained mostly peaceful. Aided by counter-protesters who served as a wall between the two sides, peace was kept between the protesters and counter-protesters for the most part.

It wasn't all so good, however. Police commissioner William B. Evans told reporters that 27 arrests were made in the crowd of about 40,000 people. Evans also revealed that bottles filled with urine were thrown at police officers during the protests.

The event's organizers have not yet indicated whether or not the disbanded protest will be rescheduled. 

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Charlottesville Victim’s Mother Refuses to Meet With Trump After He Defended Neo-Nazis

Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville terrorism victim Heather Heyer, will not be speaking with the neo-Nazi-sympathizer-in-chief. During an appearance on Good Morning America Friday, Bro was asked if she had spoken with Trump directly. Her response was as eloquent as it was direct.

“I have not, and now I will not,” Bro said. “At first, I just missed his calls. The first call, it looked like, actually came during the funeral. I didn't even see that message. There were three more frantic messages from press secretaries throughout the day and I didn't know why. That would have been on Wednesday, and I was home recovering from the exhaustion of the funeral. So I thought, well, I'll get to them later, and then I had more meetings to establish her foundation.”

Bro added that she didn't get caught up on the news until last night, at which point she decided she has no interest in speaking with Trump. “I'm not talking to the president now,” she said. “I'm sorry. After what he said about my child, and it's not that I saw somebody else's tweets about him. I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters, like Ms. Heyer, with the KKK and the white supremacists.”

Asked if this overrides her previous statement (made before seeing Trump's comments), Bro said, “Absolutely. You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry. I'm not forgiving for that.”

In comments earlier this week, Trump did indeed equate protesters with neo-Nazis. “I think there's blame on both sides,” he said. “You look at both sides, I think there's blame on both sides. I have no doubt about it.” Trump also said both sides included “very fine people.” On one side, which according to Trump also included these “very fine people,” was James Alex Fields Jr. Police say Fields, described by a former teacher as an admirer of Adolf Hitler, intentionally plowed his car into a crowd of protesters. Heyer, 32, was killed.

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Heather Heyer Identified as Charlottesville Woman Reportedly Killed by James A. Fields

Authorities have identified the woman reportedly killed by James A. Fields Jr. during Saturday’s white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as 32-year-old Heather Heyer. According to Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr., Heyer was crossing the street when Fields allegedly struck her and dozens of others with his Dodge Challenger after he participated in the rally.

Friends and family members of Heyer said she was a paralegal with the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville. A GoFundMe page opened in Heyer’s name has raised over $57,000, and while law officials have yet to confirm if Heyer was a part of Saturday’s counter-protests, those responsible for the page indicated she was.

Heather Heyer was murdered while protesting against hate,” the page reads. “We are raising money to give to her family for anything that they may need. The family is aware of this and is in complete charge of when and where the funds will be released. She is a Greene County native and graduated from William Monroe High School. Her mother (whom I will not name until she is ready) said, ‘She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.’”

Heyer changed her Facebook cover photo in November to read, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” The quote was widely assumed to be related to the friction caused in the area by neo-Confederates and white supremacists agitating against removing and renaming multiple Confederate memorials in the area.

James A. Fields Jr. has reportedly been held without bail and booked for malicious wounding, suspicion of second-degree murder, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.

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