An event slated for Friday that promised to bring millions of Americans to Washington, D.C. to oust President Barack Obama and other key leaders from office failed incredibly.
Instead, “Operation American Spring” welcomed only a few dozen protesters — not the millions projected by event organizers — who braved the morning’s stormy weather to hit the streets of the nation’s capital and call for a change of leadership in key roles.
“It’s a very dismal turnout,” one participant from Texas, Jackie Milton, told the Washington Times.
Missing!: 30 million 'patriots' who were supposed to descend on Washington D.C.
— Anomaly (@Anomaly100) May 16, 2014
“We were getting over two inches of rain in hour in parts of Virginia this morning,” he added. “Now it’s a nice sunny day. But this is a very poor turnout. It ain’t no millions. And it ain’t looking like there’s going to be millions. Hundreds is more like it.”
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 16, 2014
According to the event’s Facebook page, Operation American Spring aimed to “restore the balance of our Bill of Rights and the Constitution,” in part by replacing “a handful of the worst Republican and Democrat” holders of office.
Among the politicians specifically targeted were Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. It was not clear how participants were planning to force them out of office.
On Facebook, event organizers said the operation could last for some time and gave participants a glimpse at what they said they could expect.
“Will this be a cake-walk? No, it will be painful, and some people may die because the government will not be non-violent; some of us will end up in a cell, and some may be injured,” organizers warned. “If that’s what it will take to save our nation, do we have any choice?”
The group has not posted to Facebook, following the dismal turnout. However, some participants told media outlets that more people are on the way.
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