Not all Dems ignoring, defending far-left rioters

Monday, July 27, 2020
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Portland riots - fenceFederal agents who are fighting rioters every night in Portland are facing violent crowds who fire mortar-launched fireworks, throw concrete and frozen bottles, and use lasers to blind the officers, reports an Associated Press reporter.

After two months of nightly riots, it appears some far-left Democrats are distancing themselves from the violence even as other conflicts are popping up across the U.S. 

Mike Balsamo, who covers the law enforcement beat for the AP, used a Twitter thread to report from inside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, where he imbedded with deputy U.S. marshals over the weekend who are defending the property every night from far-left rioters who are attempting to burn it to the ground.

Nightly riots in famously far-left Portland passed the 50-day mark last week, when Mayor Ted Wheeler joined the rioters and complained after he was tear-gassed along with jundreds of others.

“This is clearly a waste of federal resources and it's getting increasingly dangerous," Wheeler told CNN. "We did not ask the feds to be here. We do not want them here. They're not helping the situation.”

The federal agents are protecting the barricaded, fenced-off federal courthouse, however, and the CNN story from late last week reported the agents are showing a “more measured response” to the rioters even though a Molotov cocktail, for example, was thrown at the courthouse.

That description of agents’ actions mirrors the AP story, which said law enforcement agents who are huddled inside the courthouse did not fight back when rioters tore down a small hole in the barricade but they were forced to act when the entire fence was toppled.

Portland riots - helmetIn a post published late Sunday night, Balsamo reports that he watched a hot firework burn through an agents clothing, and another agent suffered a concussion to the head.

The danger of such fireworks can be seen here in an online clip shared by Mark Morgan, who leads the U.S. Border Patrol. 

In other recent incidents, rioters have struck agents with canned foods, and with ball bearings fired from sling shots, and the reporter also confirmed previous claims that federal officers were blinded by lasers and have not regained their sight:

The lights inside the courthouse have to be turned off for safety & the light from high-powered lasers bounced across the lobby almost all night. The fear is palpable. Three officers were struck in the last few weeks & still haven’t regained their vision.

Balsamo writes elsewhere there is agreement that daytime protests remain peaceful but those protesters return home when nighttime comes, and then the streets are taken over by “agitators” who fight the federal agents all night into the early morning hours.

That first-hand report comes after weeks of sympathetic coverage of the rioters, who have been hailed as brave mothers while federal law enforcement agents being sent to high-crime cities are being described as “storm troopers” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Portland riots  policeDespite weeks of protests and hours of footage from the tear gas-filled streets, the violent clashes have been dismissed as a “myth,” dreamed up by Republicans, by Rep. Jerrold Nadler.

With the election now 100 days away, not everyone on the Left is cheering the rioters and condemning law enforcement officers.

“Violent protesters lighting fire and using violence should wear @RealDonaldTrump buttons,” Lanny Davis, a veteran Democrat operative, complained on Twitter. “That is who they are helping.”

"How does breaking windows at a courthouse, setting fire to a federal building, firing guns in crowds, and committing acts of vandalism forward any cause?" Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host, complained via Twitter. 

"Anyone who participates in violence or property damage in the context of a protest," opined Claire McCaskill, the former Democratic senator, "is disrespecting the legacy of John Lewis and helping Donald Trump."

Even the fawning media coverage of the Wall of Mothers in Portland hints at the violence: The mothers are “ushered” out of harm’s way by younger protesters who advise them when it is time to leave, the story admits.

Andy Ngo, a journalist who is covering the riots every night, has reported that many of the “moms” are far-left activists who change into the standard black clothes and join the violent protests later in the night.     



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