Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling on the federal government to block a free speech rally planned in the city for June 4, as well as an anti-Sharia Law march scheduled for June 10.
— KATU News (@KATUNews) May 29, 2017
In a statement posted on Twitter, Wheeler wrote that the city will not be issuing permits for the events — but noted that the federal government controls Shrunk Plaza where they are scheduled to take place. He added that the organizers have already been issued the necessary permit for at least one of the events.
“I have confirmed that the City of Portland has NOT and will not issue any permits for the alt-right events scheduled for June 4 and June 10. The Federal government controls permitting for Shrunk Plaza, and it is my understanding that they have issued a permit for the event on June 4,” Wheeler wrote.
Wheeler added that he is “calling on the Federal government to IMMEDIATELY REVOKE the permit(s) they have issued for the June 4 event, and not issue a permit for June 10.”
The mayor went on to cite Friday’s fatal stabbing attack by Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, a mentally ill Bernie Sanders supporter, who had previously been removed from a free-speech rally by right-wing attendees. The attacker has been widely portrayed in the liberal media as a supporter of President Donald Trump, despite one look at his Facebook account telling a different tale.
So a racist guy came in dropping the n word, folks at free speech rally say he's not with the free speech people pic.twitter.com/BCYB1MgtCl
— Mikeford Biziths (@itsmikebivins) April 29, 2017
Trump people saying he's not with them. He's standing there with like 15 cops standing around him so he doesn't get beat up pic.twitter.com/koyuEacSdb
— Mikeford Biziths (@itsmikebivins) April 29, 2017
Still, Wheeler blamed the free-speech movement, writing that “Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.”
“I am appealing to the organizers of the alt-right demonstrations to CANCEL the events they have scheduled on June 4 and June 10. I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland,” Wheeler continued. “There is never a place for hatred and bigotry in our community, and especially not now.”
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— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) May 29, 2017
The mayor, blaming the right and the freedom of speech for an attack by a man who had posted about his desire to kill Trump supporters on Facebook, went on to call on “every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement, to stand with me in preventing another tragedy.”
“Joey Gibson aka Patriot Prayer (local evangelical preacher) is the organizer. He’s done other pro-Trump events in the area. The attacker Jeremy Christian attended one of those events in April and was kicked out,” Andy Ngo, a Portland journalist, told Big League Politics. “Local media (and now international media) has referred to Gibson and his events as ‘far right’ or ‘alt-right’, but I attended one in April [as a reporter] and it seemed very moderate — although there were small group of fringe people.”
During the event in April, protesters attacked rally attendees with smoke grenades, and attempted to storm the barricades separating the two groups.
The June 4 event is being advertised as a “Trump Free Speech Rally with Based Stick Man.”
“There will be speakers exercising their free speech, live music, flags, and an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom,” the event page reads.
Meanwhile, Portland antifa has been calling for a counter protest against free speech — and Wheeler has not called for them to stand down.
Antifa & anarchist counter-event poster: "Defend Portland! Far right Christian fundamentalists & white nationalists are coming to Portland!" pic.twitter.com/2tw8nOCuYa
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) May 29, 2017
The event Wheeler has referenced on June 10 is an Act for America march against Sharia Law. The group will be holding the marches in approximately two dozen cities on that day.
The ACLU of Oregon has called Wheeler’s attempt to squash free speech based on political views a violation of the First Amendment.
“The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators,” The ACLU said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Period.
“It may be tempting to shut down speech we disagree with, but once we allow the government to decide what we can say, see, or hear, or who we can gather with, history shows us that the most marginalized will be disproportionately censored and punished for unpopular speech,” the statement continued. “We are all free to reject and protest ideas we don’t agree with. That is a core, fundamental freedom of the United States. If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line.”
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President Trump Rejects Paying For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Private Security
The royal celebrities will foot the bill.
President Trump made it clear on a Sunday tweet that British royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would have to pay for their own security costs upon moving full-time to the United States, clarifying that they wouldn’t receive federal security under an existing arrangement that covers British royals temporarily visiting the US.
I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
The royal celebrities have distanced themselves from the Queen, apparently viewing themselves as victims of relentless paparazzi and media attention.
Harry and Markle initially moved to Canada after resigning from the royal family, but they’ve recently moved to Hollywood just before the Canadian border was closed to nonessential travel due to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic. The elitist couple apparently plans on reinventing themselves as American-style celebrities, and have hired a small army of media consultants and public relations agents to market their image.
When information of their move to Los Angeles became public knowledge, many began to speculate if they’d recieve taxpayer-funded security in a manner akin to British royals visiting the United States on official state vists. President Trump’s Sunday tweet appears to eliminate that possibility.
The thirteen colonies that became the United States rebelled against the yoke of the British monarchy for a reason. President Trump’s decision to cut off the wannabee celebrities from publicly-funded security is a deeply American decision. The UK’s monarchy is one of the wealthiest legacy institutions in the western world, and it would be absurd to imagine that it can’t afford to hire private security for the ‘former’ royals, who are set to fully renounce their royal obligations at the end of the month.
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