An Oregon Public Broadcasting report has gone viral, revealing to many Americans waking up to learn that President Donald Trump’s Dept. of Homeland Security has an “occupying army,” as U.S. Senator from Oregon Ron Wyden and others have noted, in the American city of Portland, Oregon.
In short, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has sent armed federal forces, including camouflaged SWAT teams, to Portland to attack largely-peaceful protestors who alleged illegal acts – according to Wolf himself – include mostly painting graffiti onto a federal courthouse, and breaking some windows and a door.
Wolf repeatedly calls these demonstrators “violent extremists,” and “violent anarchists,” and is vowing to “never surrender” to them. Meanwhile, as OPB documented, Wolf’s unmarked, secret police forces are snatching demonstrators off Portland’s public streets and detaining or arresting them, possibly illegally.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon reposted this video. It’s received 8 million views so far.
Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters. These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable in America, and must end. pic.twitter.com/PE4YfZ9Vqd
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) July 16, 2020
He also offered President Trump some advice.
.@realDonaldTrump: Get your DHS lackey and uninvited paramilitary actions out of my state. Our communities are not a stage for your twisted reelection campaign.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) July 17, 2020
Orgeon Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler have asked Wolf to remove his troops. On national television, he refused, declaring, “Not on my watch.”
Sen. Wyden beat acting Sec. Wolf to the “not on my watch” promise:
This weekend a peaceful protestor was shot in the head with a potentially deadly crowd control munition after Donald Trump deployed fed’l law enforcement to Portland. Trump thinks he can treat law enforcement as his personal occupying army. Not on my watch. I’m demanding answers: pic.twitter.com/9MytI1M05A
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 15, 2020
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts decried Trump’s “secret police force.”
I thought we’d already covered this after the attacks in Lafayette Square: the US government should not be using unidentified federal officers as a secret police force to terrorize US citizens & violate their constitutional rights. This is outrageous. https://t.co/EIXbZmHXak
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 17, 2020
As the news spreads, on social media many are tweeting with the hashtags #FacistTrump and #Gestapo, and tweeting Wolf’s name. All are trending.
Here’s a sampling:
I was dubious about this seeing #Gestapo on @Twitter, but what is happening is real, these are literally “secret police.” ‘It was like being preyed upon’: Federal officers in unmarked vans detain Portland protesters https://t.co/pUFU5tYRau
— Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) July 17, 2020
Imagine if Obama had sent unidentifiable “police” to Republican cities to arrest people in the streets for having concealed weapons.
What Trump is doing in Portland, Oregon with his #Gestapo — perhaps Erik Prince’s private police — is illegal and outrageous in many ways.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) July 17, 2020
Unidentified, military-equipped, federal secret police in Portland are snatching peaceful protesters off the streets & tossing them in unmarked vehicles. No body cam. No badge numbers or names. No accountability. In Nazi Germany they called them the #Gestapo. pic.twitter.com/CEavTEqcbb
— Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine (@zaharako) July 17, 2020
Graffiti exists in every major city in the USA, but this is Chad Wolf’s justification for secret police snatching protesters off the streets in unmarked vehicles in Portland.#Gestapo #FascitTrump #AmericaOrTrump https://t.co/sTPJvsoBuL
— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) July 17, 2020
Remember the unmarked militia in Lafayette Park? They’re now in Portland detaining peaceful protesters w/out cause or due process. Who are they? Who pays them? Why’s DHS Sec there defending their actions? #Gestapo #NaziTrump pic.twitter.com/9vTjwCXSsQ
— Biden_Brigade (@biden_brigade) July 17, 2020
Where is the wall-to-wall TV coverage of the fascist takeover of Portland?
Why isn’t Trump’s #Gestapo bigger news?!
RT to keep up the pressure! 🚨pic.twitter.com/MyOYvfhack
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) July 17, 2020
This is important:
Neither Oregon Gov Kate Brown nor Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked for federal military assistance to manage the ongoing protests in the city.
However, Acting DHS Sec Chad Wolf decided to descend on Portland and take over the city with troops.#Fascism
— 𝔾𝕣𝕒𝕡𝕙𝕚𝕔 ℝ𝕖𝕤𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕣 #WearAMask (@jaywhyelle) July 17, 2020
This is how holocausts and genocides happen.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) July 17, 2020
— Denise Wu (@denisewu) July 17, 2020
TBH this looks like the underside of every bridge and backside of every building between NY and DC from the windows of the Acela. I hope Chad Wolf doesn’t have to take the train anytime soon!
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) July 17, 2020
No Chad Wolf, the violent extremists are the terrorists in uniform that you unleashed in Portland to injure and kidnap people you trashy fascist.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 17, 2020
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DeSantis Signs Bill Dissolving Disney Special District in Vengeful Attack Over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Opposition
Few bills have ever become law in a shorter period of time but Friday afternoon Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis just signed legislation stripping Disney of its special status, created in 1967, that essentially mandates the California-based entertainment giant to provide the same services as local governments.
DeSantis demanded the legislation one week ago in a vengeful direct attack on Disney, which publicly opposed his anti-LGBTQ “Don’t Say Gay” law after it had passed. It passed both chambers in a 24-hour period as GOP lawmakers bowed down to his will.
The move according to top Florida journalists and news outlets will raise taxes on Orlando residents by an estimated $2200 per family, force that county to take on hundreds of millions of dollars in debt annually, and absolve Disney of up to $2 billion in debt.
The Associated Press’s Zeke Miller and The New York Times first reported the news.
“Widely seen as retaliation, Mr. DeSantis’s move vividly illustrated just how drastically the G.O.P. has transformed from the days when its leaders mostly moved in lock step with the nation’s largest businesses,” The Times noted.
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill dissolving Disney’s private government after company criticized ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 22, 2022
House GOP Whip Denies ‘Knowing Anything About’ Republican Congressman Fundraising With Antisemitic White Nationalist
House Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is denying any knowledge of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), a white nationalist, fundraising with antisemitic white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who heads the America First PAC.
Former GOP Congressman Denver Riggleman posted a copy of the announcement to social media:
A sitting member of Congress fundraising with AFPAC. That’s where we are. And he sits on committees.
This is from a Telegram channel linked to Nick Fuentes. Telegram is a conspiracy & white nationalist fantasy land—that’s where Gosar hangs evidently.
A dangerous time. pic.twitter.com/KNFe8otj31
— Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) June 29, 2021
“I don’t know anything about that,” Scalise told reporters Tuesday when asked, The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis reports.
“That’s the first time I’m hearing about it,” Scalise added, CNN’s Manu Raju notes. “As you heard me in the past be very vocal against any form of white supremacy, so I’ll have to look into that.”
Scalise actually has a history of brushes with white supremacism. In 2002 he gave a speech to a group headed by former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. In 2014 he apologized, claiming he had no knowledge of the group’s white supremacism. At the time he allegedly described himself as being “like David Duke without the baggage.”
The Arizona Republic adds that in “a tweet Monday night, Gosar seemed to respond to his critics, saying, ‘Not sure why anyone is freaking out. I’ll say this: there are millions of Gen Z, Y and X conservatives. They believe in America First. They will not agree 100% on every issue. No group does. We will not let the left dictate our strategy, alliances and efforts. Ignore the left.'”
The Washington Post reports that “Gosar’s extremism, of course, is hardly limited to his ties to the America First PAC. He has lodged conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and claimed protester Ashli Babbitt was ‘executed‘ by police. He has done the same with Charlottesville, suggesting it was a false flag by the left. Gosar’s office even confirmed this week that the congressman was in regular contact with ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer Ali Alexander ahead of the Jan. 6 riot.”
‘Just Shoot Them’: Trump Told Top US General to ‘Crack Skulls’ and ‘Beat the F’ Out of Civil Rights Protestors: New Book
President Donald Trump told America’s highest-ranking general and top law enforcement officials to “shoot” civil rights protestors in Seattle and Portland, “crack their skulls,” and “beat the f–k” out of them, according to a new book by a Wall Street Journal reporter.
“The President would highlight videos that showed law enforcement getting physical with protesters and tell his administration he wanted to see more of that behavior,” CNN reports, citing excerpts from Michael Bender’s book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”
“That’s how you’re supposed to handle these people,” Trump told his top law enforcement and military officials, according to Bender. “Crack their skulls!”
Trump also told his team that he wanted the military to go in and “beat the f–k out” of the civil rights protesters, Bender writes.
“Just shoot them,” Trump said on multiple occasions inside the Oval Office, according to the excerpts.
But Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley (photo, right) refused, Bender reveals, with Milley and Attorney General Bill Barr often finding themselves the only ones willing to push back against the president.
General Milley, who made headlines Wednesday after delivering a stunning lecture on critical race theory and “wokeness” to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was not pleased by it, also pushed back against Trump senior advisor, white supremacist Stephen Miller.
During one Oval Office debate, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller chimed in, equating the scenes unfolding on his television to those in a third-world country and claiming major American cities had been turned into war zones.
“These cities are burning,” Miller warned, according to the excerpts.
The comment infuriated Milley, who viewed Miller as not only wrong but out of his lane, Bender writes, noting the Army general who had commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan spun around in his seat and pointed a finger directly at Miller.
“Shut the f–k up, Stephen,” Milley snapped, according to the excerpts.
Read the entire report at CNN.
Image of President Trump and General Milley: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
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