As might have been expected, their announced assemblage provoked a reaction. A counter-rally was planned, led by church people and scholar-theologian Cornel West, a Harvard University professor and philosopher – peaceful enough until others with far from peaceful intentions joined in behind them. This included leftists of every kind, anarchists, antifa and some who had formed a movement to resist Trump immediately after his election. These armed themselves with bats, shields, helmets and pepper spray, intending to interfere with the rally and beat the brains out of the extremist groups they (rightly) considered to have no place in our country. But, anticipating trouble, the rallyers had also come armed to the teeth.