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Press-hating Trump fans are having their inauguration party at the National Press Club

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Press-hating Trump fans are having their inauguration party at the National Press Club

Watch  | It's called... The Deploraball. 

A controversial party

There are a lot of reasons to talk about the Deploraball, arguably the most highly publicized party for supporters of President-elect Donald Trump ahead of his inauguration on Friday.

The controversial party has caused infighting between organizers  about whether attendees should be able to use Nazi salutes re-popularized by the so-called "alt-right," a white nationalist movement. And one organizer has been accused of trying to sabotage  anti-Trump protests.


An unexpected venue

But one less-explored aspect of the party is its venue: the National Press Club. As Trump has continued a campaign against the national media, his supporters are holding their party at a place that bills itself as "the world's leading professional organization for journalists."

"Part of the reason for the Press Club is to assert our presence in town," a Deploraball organizer told Circa. "We're a new type of Republican."

What type of Republican, exactly?

"A Trumpesque Republican," the organizer said. "Trumpist nationalists who care about sovereignty,  trade, immigration --looking more for the middle Americans."

What type of Republican that's not, the organizer said, is racist or anti-Semitic. 

"We’re not going to tolerate any incendiary remarks.  It’s not an alt-right event. It’s an event for Trump supporters."


Racists uninvited 

Party organizers do appear to have taken steps to prevent explicit racism at the event.

They reportedly uninvited leading alt-right figures  like Richard Spencer and Sam Hyde. And one former Deploraball organizer -- an alt-right social media personality named Tim Treadstone, or @bakedalaska -- claimed he was banned from the event for expressing racist and anti-Semitic comments.

Treadstone launched a Twitter tirade after claimed he was "banned" from Deploraball. 

Guest list still controversial

But controversial figures often accused of racist behavior or associated with the alt-right remain on the guest list.

Social media personality Mike Cernovich, for example, is regularly described as alt-right, though he denies the label  applies to him.  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has pushed the false claim that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. And Trump ally Roger Stone has a penchant for incendiary remarks, including once using the n-word on Twitter. 

Roger Stone tweeted out a list of some of the more high-profile Deploraball attendees. 

Press club not the first choice

The National Press Club was not the event organizers' first choice. They had initially tried to have it at the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington, Virginia, but the venue cancelled because they were "concerned by the views of some of the guests listed online."

But the uninvitations of the more blatantly racist Deploraball attendees seems to have been enough that the National Press Club felt comfortable housing the event. 

It will have a slightly nationalists flavor to it.
Deploraball organizer

Press club 'skeptical'

"I met with the head of the Press Club, at first they were a little skeptical of what we’re about," the organizer said. "They had a lot of questions," including whether the event would be alt-right. "It's not alt-right. It will have a slightly nationalists flavor to it. But like a civic nationalist thing, not like white nationalist."

Trump supporters + the media = friends 4ever?

The organizer said he hopes the Press Club's willingness to host the party might be a step toward fixing the sense of mistrust between Trump supporters and the media. But just to be safe, he said, the press is not actually allowed inside the event. 

“The idea of setting [the press] loose on this party where there’s an open bar just didn’t feel right," he said.


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