Portland, Oregon — Members of the national alt-Right white nationalists movement have secured a federal permit to hold an alt-right rally on June 4th dubbed on the “Trump Rally for Free Speech” just one week after self-proclaimed white nationalist, Jeremy Christian, who stabbed to death two Portland residents that came to the aid of a African-American teen whom Christian was hurling hate filled anti-Islamic rhetoric towards along with threats of violence. After the double homicide, the alt-right movement began doubling their efforts to descend upon the Rose City to ‘enforce’ their version of free speech upon what the alt-right calls “one of the worst and most liberal cities on the West Coast.”
Portland Mayor Tom Wheeler’s attempt to cancel the event has only fueled the alt-right’s false narrative of the Rose City as being a bastion of liberal “cucks” taking the basic freedoms of ‘real Americans’ away in favor of immigrant rights that needs to be ‘woke’. And now a war of words has erupted between the alt-right and the cities other violent group, The Rose City Anitfa anarchists. A very real Hatfield and McCoy like scenario has emerged and neither side will be backing down as both groups are preparing for a day of violence.
Portland police as well as local officials are fearing the worst and have declared a hard-line, warning any and all parties that they will be taking aggressive actions against either side to quell any violence that the local residents of the Rose City are already tired of. The alt-right ‘free speech’ rally is the mastermind of a one Joey Gibson, a video blogger from just over the river in Vancouver, Wash., who describes himself as a “Libertarian and a Christian” and has gained a following among people who identify as alt-right. He said he has invited everybody to the rally, including “moderates” and the “extreme right.”
On the rally’s facebook page Gibson describes the intent of the gathering as an “uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.” ending his statement with a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to President Donald Trump “for all you have done.”
Rose City Antifa not to be outdone issued its own statement saying that, “It is time that Portland stood up to these ceaseless rallies which are little more than opportunities for racists to network, mainstream their message, and intimidate vulnerable communities.” Calling for all Portlanders to defend their city from the scourge of the neo-Nazi. However, this may be falling on deaf ears for some residents as these anarchists seem more apt to smash the windows of an Apple store, baseball bat a pregnant woman’s windshield due to her driving a Mercedes Benz, or setting ablaze local newspaper dispensers near the Pioneer Place mall where these folks seem to matriculate and pan-handle.
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) June 4, 2017
These social media engagements from these groups along with Gibsons plea for “alt-right celebrities” like Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet along with Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman to attend has paid off. These alt-right mouth-pieces have already confirmed they are attending along with their ‘Mad Max’ esque band of anger Trumpters. Rose City Antifa in true form have replied in kind and have posted flyers all through downtown that have the pictures of the ‘alt-right celebrities’ and their white nationalist charter affiliations was well as each individuals lengthy violent criminal records.
Not to be left out, militias such as the Oath Keepers and members of the Redneck Revolt and By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN have decided to lend their militant support. The Oath Keepers will offer their protection to the alt-right white nationalists and the Rednecks and BAMN will provide protection to the Antifa anarchists and local counter-protestors as needed. The most frightening part of the militias is the Oath Keepers not understanding that conceal carry or open carrying of weapons at both protests within the city limits is unauthorized. However, that isn’t stopping them from encouraging the Oath Keepers leader, Stewart Rhodes from spreading disinformation like this email he sent to his disciples which read; “The Portland PD PIO [Public Information Office], and also DHS let us know that the feds won’t allow any weapons in the park, even for our cops. That sucks, but we will have to deal with it. And the ‘park’ includes the sidewalk in front of it.” then we added his own caveat, “The Portland PD PIO also said that outside the park our retired cops can carry concealed under LEOSA [Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act], and people with a valid OR concealed carry can carry outside the park.”
Yet Portland Police public affairs spokesperson, Sgt Peter Simpson stated that he was unaware of any conversation Rhodes or any Oath Keepers had with Portland Police or the Portland office of the Department of Homeland Security. Sgt Simpsom explained that, “They [Oath Keepers] did not speak with a Portland PIO. The law does not allow for guns in the federal park and city code does not allow for guns in parks unless there is a concealed handgun permit.”
However you cut this both sides of the far Left and the alt-right and their militia support are looking for a fight. These groups crave the social currency that comes from destroying a city that wants nothing more than to keep on being weird and free. Will violence erupt? That remains to be seen, but the city is braced for the worst.
The Rose City has changed in recent years, becoming more intolerant of any lines of thought outside of what a group within it deems unsavory. And now that the media has descended upon the crown jewel of the Willamette River Basin, the polarization of these acts will only entice more angered groups to use the city as its battleground as 2017 continues to heat up as tensions reach a boiling point.
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