I went – very, very briefly – to the rally at the Planned Parenthood in Saint Paul over the lunch hour yesterday. It was hot and clammy – so humid the air seemed to congeal into little clumps of atmospheric sweat.
I didn’t even try to count the crowd; it was in the hundreds:
More below the jump.
The crowd was jammed onto a one-lane “free speech zone” (my term) on one lane of Charles Avenue.
Of course, the cops kept the different factions – such as they were – apart. Planned Parenthood had its own little demonstration out front:
The crowd was very mixed. There were all sorts of people from the burbs and out of town – but also more African-Americans and Latinos than I’ve seen at every Planned Parenthood or MPR event, ever, combined:
I had to get back to work, so I didn’t hang out long.
The left’s usual tactic in these sorts of things is to claim the crowd was belligerent and threatening. They weren’t, of course – they were motivated and alert, but they stayed, literally, in the lines, and the only real noise besides the speakers was a group that stood and prayed, pretty much, whenever nothing else was going on.
Which is, I suppose, a trigger warning for some. Whatever.
The speakers at the event noted that there should be more videos coming out soon – so I’m sure we’ll be back.
If the people who released the “sting” videos wanted to use them to create more pro-life activists, I think it’s worked. I can name one guy who just got a lot less accomodationist.