JUST ONE WORD FOR JAMES BUCHAL: ALTAMONT…*

May 29th, 2017

The cheers, jeers and chants of candidate Donald John Trump’s campaign rallies continue to bring out Americans on the fringe. In the past there have been assaults and beatings, but now a pathetic hate-fueled white man unable or unwilling to take a breath, has killed to upstanders and injured a third in Portland, Oregon.

Portlandia can never be the same again.

Jason Wilson, reporting in Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack for The Guardian, writes:

Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal… told the Guardian that recent street protests had prompted Portland Republicans to consider alternatives to “abandoning the public square”.

“I am sort of evolving to the point where I think that it is appropriate for Republicans to continue to go out there,” he said. “And if they need to have a security force protecting them, that’s an appropriate thing too.”

Asked if this meant Republicans making their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, Buchal said: “Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”

Asked if he was considering such groups as security providers, Buchal said: “Yeah. We’re thinking about that. Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis.”

Buchal ran for Oregon attorney general in 2012 and has stood for election to Congress and the state legislature. The Oath Keepers are described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the US”, recruiting current and former military and law enforcement personnel. They have recently appeared at rallies from Berkeley to Boston, standing with activists from the far right, activists holding what were once fringe positions who have recently risen to national prominence.

The Three Percenters are described by Political Research Associates as “a paramilitary group that pledges armed resistance against attempts to restrict private gun ownership”. They were a highly visible presence in Burns, Oregon, before and during the occupation of the Malheur wildlife refuge by rightwing militia early in 2016.

Buchal told the Guardian it was important not to become involved with extremists, and said that on the Three Percenters website, “right there on the front page there is what looks like a solid commitment to this not being about race at all”.

The president, responding to the murders said fucking tweeted:

The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.

This is the response of a 14-year-old schoolgirl, not the leader of the free world.

*For those who don’t remember…

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