A white nationalist group that was involved in a violent brawl with anti-racist protesters this weekend in Sacramento has announced its plans to be at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18-21 to protect Donald Trump supporters. A spokesman for the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), which organized Sunday’s march where at least five people were stabbed, told McClatchy that roughly 30 members of the group would be in attendance at the GOP event. “We’re essentially just going to show up and make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended from the leftist thugs,” he said.
This has become a bit of a party line for TWP. The group, which was joined by the Golden State Skinheads (GSS) in planning Sunday’s rally, said on its website ahead of the demonstration that it would serve “to make a statement about the precarious situation our race is in,” as evidenced by protesters’ previous “brutal assaults” against Donald Trump supporters.
The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that TWP head Matthew Heimbach — who previously made a mainstream name for himself after he was captured on video physically assaulting a young black woman at a Trump rally — tweeted before the event, “We won’t bow down to leftist scum.”