Weekend Rocked by BLM-related Violence; DHS Blasts Democrat Leaders
Written by Luis Miguel
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Sunday defended the federal government’s response to persistent rioting, vandalism, and violence in Portland, criticizing local leaders for continuing to refer to the instigators as “peaceful protesters.”
During an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Features, Wolf said the protesters seen in Portland are different from the “normal criminal activity” witnessed in places such as Chicago and Kansas City.
“They’re coming armed with rocks, bottles, baseball bats, power tools, commercial grade fireworks, eliciting that violence and targeting their violence on federal courthouses and federal law enforcement officers,” Wolf said of Portland agitators.
“That’s very different than what’s going on in Chicago, places like Chicago, Albuquerque, Kansas City. That is where you see normal criminal activity, street crime, what we say regarding gangs and drug dealers.”
On Sunday night, Portland police took two individuals into custody after reports of gunfire in the city’s downtown.
KATU reported that the shooting took place about a block from where rioters clashed with police and federal agents at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse. The gathering reportedly began peacefully Sunday evening but escalated into violence early Monday as demonstrators gathered around the fence and shot fireworks. U.S. agents used gas and flash bangs on the crowd.
“As police were securing the scene a person arrived at a hospital by private vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound, non-life-threatening,” police said in a statement. “That person seems to have been associated with the incident near SW 4th Avenue and SW Salmon Street. Portland Police are still investigating.”
Local authorities also reported finding a bag containing loaded rifle magazines and molotov cocktails at a nearby park.
Despite the rampant anarchy on the streets of Portland over the last two months, local leaders, including Mayor Ted Wheeler, have repeatedly criticized President Trump for sending in federal officers.
“The president is attacking progressive cities with troops who are unwelcome and unskilled,” Wheeler said in a letter signed by 16 mayors who want the president to reverse his orders. “Militarized agents are terrorizing the American people. We must stand together for peace and reform, and against these un-American tactics.”
But Wolf put the blame for the unrest on the elected officials who allow rioting and looting to take place.
“We see city leadership there has fostered an environment that allows these criminals to do this throughout the night, untouched, absolutely untouched. It’s time for Portland to join other responsible cities around this country working with federal law enforcement to address this violence,” Wolf said, adding, “We need Portland to step up to the plate, do their responsibility and work with us to address violent criminal activity occurring every night.”
In another incident highlighting the escalating mob violence around the country, a “protester” in Texas on Saturday was shot dead by a driver after he reportedly pointed an AK-47-style rifle at the driver and his companions banged on the driver’s car.
Representative Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), who recently mocked Democrats’ assault on history by proposing a bill banning the Democrat Party for its historical ties to slavery and racism, said during an interview on Saturday that American patriots must fight back.
“When you are in a war, and people are trying to destroy and completely eliminate your position, which you know is right, you got to fight back,” the congressman said.
On Sunday in St. Augustine, Florida, nicknamed the Nation’s Oldest City (and called “The Most Racist City in America” by local leftist agitators), a combined group of protesters from Black Lives Matter and Women’s March descended on the historic area to continue ongoing protests of historical monuments, including a monument to deceased Confederate soldiers from the community (several of whom were Menorcans, an ethnic minority descended from Mediterranean slaves brought to Florida by the Spanish) in the city’s Plaza de la Constitución.
The protesters were blocked from arriving at the Plaza, however, by about 300 counter-protesters of patriots determined to preserve the monument, which the city council has already voted to remove.
Many of the patriots were armed, and the crowd included representation from organizations such as the Proud Boys, Bikers for Trump, and the militia group Three Percenters.
The situation remained peaceful, without any violence or property destruction occurring. It goes to show that Representative Gohmert is right: The anarchy and lawlessness usually doesn’t last when patriots start fighting back.
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American