Optics: Oregon Governor Deploys National Guard To Portland

Optics: Oregon Governor Deploys National Guard To Portland

Optics: Oregon Governor Deploys National Guard To Portland

A riot during election week might look bad for Democratic Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, am I right? In fact, the optics of it would be horrible considering Mr. Biden is currently ahead in the Electoral votes.

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The optics would be even worse is, say, presidential hopeful, is calling for “calm” and “patience”, right?

Protesters started gathering Wednesday evening at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland for a “Defend Democracy” rally before marching across the Morrison Bridge to Waterfront Park.The group met up with a second protest group on Naito Parkway. More on The Defend Democracy Coalition:

1. We will vote.
2. We will refuse to accept election results until all the votes are counted.
3. We will nonviolently take to the streets if a coup is attempted.
4. If we need to, we will shut down “business as usual” to protect the integrity of the democratic process.

We voted in record numbers for racial justice. We voted for a fair economy. We voted for our climate. Our coalition members want America to be a place where everyone counts and where every vote is counted, where Black lives really do matter, and where the fundamental human and civil rights of all people are upheld.”-Defend Democracy Coalition

Now, we expected “civil unrest” if there was a certain Trump victory. Our media outlets all but begged for it in the guise of caution. But, why the civil unrest now? Among the coalition’s supporters? Get this-American Federation of Teachers-Oregon (your kids are listening), Labor for Black Lives/Labor Against Fascism (labor is now Fascist in America, I am certain none of these people have been to China), Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship (nothing says peaceful like a Molotov cocktail) and various other Occupy-type groups. Optics.

Portland, Oregon has seen months of rioting in the streets. Months of business windows shattered. Deaths, arrests, police told to stand down. In fact Portland, Oregon was downright “scary” when Trump sent in federal agents in unmarked vehicles to PDX. “What kind of racist country are we living in?”, the Democrats asked. These federal agents were (gasp) causing around in unmarked cars and plucking (instigators) off the street! The optics of this was surreal to them. A bunch of “peaceful protestors” whisked away in unmarked vehicles. Sheer indicators that President Trump is a fascist for sure.

The federal agents months ago were an “unwelcome provocation”, right, Ted Wheeler. Optics.

Throw that in there, Ted. Otherwise, who cares? He’s been reelected, defeating Sarah “We Are Antifa” Iannarone. Portlanders are crazy but they haven’t completely lost their minds…or have they? Ted Wheeler will just vacate his downtown apartment and retreat somewhere else if it gets really ugly.

“This administration’s egregious use of federal force on cities over the objections of local authorities should never happen,” Wheeler said months ago when he joined forces with Seattle; Chicago; Kansas City; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Washington to appeal to the House and Senate.

Yet, here we are once again. The people’s egregious use of force should not run other fellow Americans out of cities, either. The people’s egregious use of force should not destroy the livelihoods of others. But in the name of “justice”, they’ll shut businesses down if they have to.But they voted for a fair economy. They voted for our climate. In the name of “justice”, though, they’ll trash cities if they have to as well. Optics. These rioters have trashed the city of Portland for MONTHS. People actually got arrested last night. It’s amazing. The police are now allowed to do their jobs!

The only difference now is governor Kate Brown is flexing some muscles and bringing in the National Guard. “Eff Trump, Eff Biden”, they say. It’s on film. They’re not even protesting the results of the election because the election has not even been called just yet! They are protesting and rioting even though things are looking better for their “candidate of choice”, Joe Biden. Does anybody else here get the impression that some of these miserable individuals will riot and destroy things no matter who is in office? But, ahh yes. Biden has a shot at the White House (God help us all) and a riot right now might actually look bad for these optics.

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  • Andrew X says:

    Time between riots beginning and polls closing in Oregon, with not a hint of any call for National Guard assistance –

    156 days, 19 hours. (3,744 hours)

    Time between closure of polls and callout of National Guard to assist quelling violence in Portland –

    24 hours

    Yep.

  • Bill S says:

    Biden has won so playtime in Portland is over kids.

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