This weekend was an interesting study in media contrasts. There were two outbreaks of violence in the U.S. this weekend – one in Portland, which can almost entirely and wholly be blamed on leftist Antifa wildlings – and one in New York City, where the blame may belong more fully to right-wing supporters of President Trump. Guess which one everyone’s talking about?
So let’s instead talk about what happened in Portland. Because that’s where the members of the left-wing HATE GROUP Antifa clashed with conservative members of the Patriot Prayer group. And what makes this clash all the more interesting is that Patriot Prayer was marching for law and order in their city, which has largely been missing. The police and the liberal establishment wants to do nothing about the left-wing mayhem that is gaining a foothold in Portland. They didn’t want to do anything about the leftists who camped out in front of the ICE department for weeks, running entrepreneurs out of business, and they don’t want to do anything about the violence Antifa members who crawl out of the woodwork every time they so much as hear the name Donald Trump.
The day before the Patriot Prayer rally, leftists protested the police shooting of a guy named Patrick Kimmons, whose death seems to be the very epitome of justified. Regardless, the leftists blocked traffic and attacked vehicles, leading many to wonder when Portland politicians were going to finally crack down on the lunacy.
“Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler came under fire over a viral video showing Antifa protesters blocking traffic and harassing drivers, but he says he supports the decision by police to watch from a distance without getting involved,” reported the Washington Times.
At a press conference, the mayor said, “I was appalled by what I saw in the video, but I support the Portland Police Bureau’s decision not to intervene. This whole incident will be investigated.”
Apparently not trusting that any such investigation would take place, the Patriot Prayer people took to the streets for a Saturday march, demanding that Portland police take left-wing violence seriously and calling on the mayor to resign. They were swiftly met by Antifa counter-protesters, and dueling chants of “USA” (on the Patriot Prayer side) and “Black Lives Matter” (on the Antifa side) filled the streets of Portland until, finally, violence broke out between the groups and a bloody brawl ensued.
The police did intervene on Saturday, dispersing the crowd with pepper spray and arresting members of both groups.
So far, Mayor Wheeler has not spoken publicly about Saturday’s melee. The time has come for him to do something about the growing left-wing extremist presence in his city, however, and he needs to do it before the violence escalates out of control.
Meanwhile, we wait to see when The Southern Poverty Law Center or ANY national mainstream media outlet gives as much attention to Antifa’s violent tactics as they do to the Proud Boys.