White nationalists in Tennessee are reportedly set to protest a planned Women’s March.
While women’s groups across the United States are planning to mark the anniversary of the Women’s March that sprang up after Donald Trump‘s inauguration, the Traditionalist Worker Party in Knoxville isn’t down with the idea of the march in their area.
According to USA Today, the counterprotest has already led to a change of plans for the Women’s March, with heightened security added to the march and a change in the planned route.
‘Take a stand for life’
On Friday, founder Matthew Heimbach said in an email to members of the TWP that they would be marching “for life” against abortionists in the Women’s March.
“We call all local Party comrades to assemble in Knoxville to take a stand for life, against the hordes of those who would empty the cradle of our nation, and to march for the lives of our unborn,” Heimback wrote.
Heimback also detailed a dress code in a post called “Pussyhats and Pitchforks.”
“We will be assembling at noon on Sunday the 21st and will be active for several hours. All comrades should be in uniform, if possible (or at least solid black with no pre-approved flags, symbols, or accessories), and be prepared for cold weather. Traditionalist Worker Party comrades in good standing are also invited to attend a meeting, cookout, and oath ceremony outside of Knoxville on Saturday the 20th,” he wrote.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the TWP “as a white nationalist group that advocates for racially pure nations and communities and blames Jews for many of the world’s problems.”
The TWP has also said that it plans to join the March for Life in Knoxville, though that group has distanced itself from the TWP and said that it doesn’t condone their white supremacist beliefs.