AZ Minutemen: Lawn Chair Militia Flop
Marc Cooper, writing in LA Weekly, says the Arizona Minutemen are far less in number and impact than they make themselves out to be:
The Minutemen were basically a flop. Despite organizers’ claims that 450 people showed up the first day (befittingly on April Fools’ Day), reporters visibly equaled or outnumbered the actual participants. At no point could any reporter see evidence of more than 150 Minutemen gathered in one place — even though the first two days of activities were all about concentrating their forces in a pair of protest rallies.
But the bulk of the coverage continued to play along with the fiction that a mass of American citizens had come down here to stand against the immigrant hordes.
Not only that, but this militia is not really a militia. Most of the men aren't even armed.
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