Last night, the national guard made its first appearance on the streets of Portland. Governor Kate Brown released a statement today. She praises those that gathered peacefully to protest and condemns those who engaged in what she described as anarchist-type armed protestors that participated in indiscriminate destruction.
Gov. Brown wrote, “Two groups gathered in downtown Portland last night. One group demonstrated peacefully for hours by the waterfront. Their clarion call advocating for racial justice and Black lives has resonated with Oregonians and driven real reform over the past several months.
She goes on to say, “Unfortunately, a second group of self-styled anarchist protesters, some armed, also marched downtown last night, with no discernible goal other than to cause violence and vandalism.”
She then ended her statement by adding, “For weeks, Oregonians have called for an end to the violence. I will continue to do everything in my power to keep the peace in Portland and make sure that people can make their voices heard safely.”
It is unclear why the change of heart for the governor who has sat by for over 160 days of violent, destructive, and deadly violence was allowed to happen unchecked.
The Portland police and the Multnomah county sheriff’s office have struggled to combat the violence, not because they are incapable but because of the constant attempts from Mayor Ted Wheeler and Governor Brown to limit the agency’s effectiveness against the mobs of protestors.
One might assume that the election and possible win by Presidential Nomine Joe Biden would stop some of the ongoing unrest; however, that is not the case. Antifa and other groups do not care who is in the President, nor do they care who is in their local government. I was clear in protests last night that the looming election results have nothing to do with why they are in the streets or when they plan on stopping their assault on our country.
A banner form seen in Portland last night read, “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge.”
In other cities around the country, the same types of banners and chants were seen and heard.
“The vote is over. The fight goes on,” many of the banners read. In New York City, protestors marched down the streets, chanting, “no more presidents.”