Pro-Trump and anti-Trump rallies to face off March 25 outside Independence Hall

A Pro-Trump rally and an anti-Trump counter-rally are scheduled to face off on Independence Mall in Center City Philadelphia on March 25.

The Pennsylvania MAGA March (referring to Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again), part of a nationwide event, is slated to meet up at 11:30 a.m. near Independence Hall.

“We are marching for our President, Vice President, Military, and First Responders,” the website for the national event says. “We are the silent majority and we are ready for a real change. A change for how our Veterans are treated when the focus seems to be somewhere else.”

A Disrupt MAGA counter protest was then scheduled for the same time at 5th and Market Streets to face off against supporters of President Trump. On its website, an organizer calls Trump supporters “right-wing scum” and Trump’s policies “racist, sexist and transphobic.”

Things could get loud and testy between the two groups. An image of a flier on the Disrupt MAGA website calls for people to bring “noisemakers, instruments, floats, megaphones,” among other things, and calls for the disruptors “to confront Trump’s supporters and to prevent” their march from happening.

According to a permit given by the city to the Pennsylvania MAGA March group, the pro-Trump supporters plan to rally at People’s Plaza, near 5th and Market Streets, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Then the group plans to march west on Market toward City Hall, then head on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway toward Eakins Oval, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where they expect to stop for about 20 minutes before heading back toward Independence Mall. They then are scheduled to rally again at People’s Plaza from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A spokeswoman for Independence National Historical Park said by email Thursday that the Pennsylvania Make America Great Again group had applied for and received a permit to assemble at People’s Plaza on Independence Mall, near 5th and Market Streets. The Disrupt MAGA group had not applied for a permit.

As of 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 350 people had signed up on Facebook for the pro-Trump rally. The Disrupt MAGA Philly event had 140 attendees on its Facebook page.

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Courtesy of  Julie Shaw @Philly.com

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