PHILADELPHIA, PA. Yesterday about thirty people gathered at the Irish Memorial Park before marching in support of Donald Trump through Center City. Many said they were participating to show Philadelphia that Republicans existed in the majority Democrat city.
Among the participants were people wearing or holding American flags, Make America Great Again ball caps and one man wearing a black t-shirt with a Confederate flag printed on the back. Some wore bandannas to disguise their identities. Other ambiguous symbols were prevalent including the Kekistani flag, a flag that eerily mirrors the flag of the Third Reich and draws on the right-wing online Pepe meme. One man wearing the flag claimed it to be " an ode to online culture, anti-SJW (social justice warrior), right-leaning" and that it was "making fun of the KKK" saying, "we're all brothers and deplorables". Many made the "ok" sign which has been accused of being a coded white supremacy symbol. It is also an apparent reference to one of Donald Trump's more identifiable hand gestures while speaking in public.
Black-clad antifascists attempted to disrupt the march but were prevented by police from doing so. They briefly unfurled a banner and then left. Several were arrested later in the day for violent scuffles with some of the pro-Trump group near local Irish pub Tir Na n'Og.