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Over the weekend, throngs of white nationalists gathered near the Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial for the “Rally for Free Speech,” which was headlined by the controversial alt-right founder Richard Spencer. But it seems as though the hateful rhetoric spouted on Sunday wasn’t contained to areas around the National Mall. Late Sunday night and early Monday morning, Bloomingdale residents reported that flyers supporting white supremacy and anti-immigration were dispersed throughout the neighborhood.
Showtime, the Bloomingdale bar situated on the 100 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW, first reported them. “Last night around midnight a group of six numbnuts walked by Showtime and ripped our pride flag off our window (we were able to get it back),” the bar wrote in a Facebook post. “Later we discovered these white supremacy flyers being left on cars in the neighborhood. We’re going to take a giant leap and assume it’s not a coincidence.”
A reader tells City Paper that the flyers, which appear to be associated with Vanguard America—the white nationalist group responsible for posting similar flyers and pamphlets at the University of Maryland campus in March—were reported to the Metropolitan Police Department. According to an MPD spokesperson, no case or investigation into the flyers has been opened.
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie issued a statement condemning them. “Ward 5 will not be intimidated by cowards who distribute these disgusting flyers anonymously, and we will defend and embrace the beautiful diversity of our city and community.”
The appearance of these flyers comes after similar anti-immigration posters, disguised as fake ICE notices, were discovered in neighborhoods in Southwest D.C. earlier this month.