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Violence Erupts During Portland Free Speech Rally as Protesters Surround the Plaza

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Violence erupted at a pro-Donald Trump free speech rally in Portland on Sunday after a counter protest was shut down over anarchists attacking law enforcement.

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Unlike the counter protest, the permitted pro-Donald Trump free speech rally was not declared to be an unlawful assembly — and was allowed to remain until their event concluded.

The dispersal order for the counter protest came around 3:30 p.m. local time as police announced that anyone who did not leave would be subject to arrest. Over a dozen flash bangs and possibly other law enforcement tools, such as pepper balls or tear gas, were heard erupting in the square as smoke filled the streets.

Journalist Tim Pool confirmed that police had deployed some type of chemical irritant, though he was unsure if it was residue from pepper balls or tear gas. An activist that he spoke to after the event claimed that the police had been using sting grenades — which explode and send small rubber pellets flying in all directions.

The activist confirmed to Pool that he had seen protesters throwing bottles and cans at officers.

During his livestream, Pool collected several of the small rubber pellets and a larger silver one, which he explained felt like it was some type of thick foam.

After a minor skirmish, an antifa protester was heard saying “it’s violence against violence — that’s just the way it has to be.”

“This is one of the biggest black bloc’s I’ve seen for one of these events, hands down,” Pool observed. He also noted that while there are often small groups of white nationalists that attend these types of rallies, he did not believe that specific ideology was the focus of the free speech event. In fact, Pool spoke to one of the men who was labeled a “white supremacist” in one of the flyers put out by antifa — and he not only said that wasn’t what he believes, but he also spoke out against it.

Shrunk Plaza, the park where the free speech rally was taking place is federal property so it was protected by the Department of Homeland Security. The counter protests, which surrounded the entire plaza, were on public property so they were being policed by local law enforcement.

“We were surrounded the entire time. It was crazy. Antifa tried to rush us a few times, but the police held them back,” Brittany Pettibone, a free speech advocate, author, and co-host of the Virtue of the West podcast told Big League Politics.

We asked Pettibone if she was concerned for her safety, particularly when attempting to exit the plaza.

“I attended the rally alone, so yes, I was concerned for my safety the entire time. The Antifa were bold enough to challenge the police a few times. I met two guys who were punched in the face by Antifa and another who punched an Antifa in the face in self-defense and the Antifa’s tooth got knocked out and stuck in his hand,” Pettibone told BLP. “I was given a police escort from the rally, so I made it out safe. The Antifa are getting even more radical. Wouldn’t be surprised if someone gets killed one of these days.”

Pettibone added that while she expected this rally to be big, it was by far the largest she had been to — which includes the Battle for Berkeley.

Tim Treadstone, better known as ‘Baked Alaska’, had received violent threats and was placed on a “bigot list” that was posted around town and sent to hotels and other establishments urging people not to service them prior to Saturday’s event.

Treadstone told Big League Politics that during the rally people were throwing balloons filled with feces and urine, eggs, and bloody tampons.

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Treadstone, who spoke at the event,told us that he saw people on the roof of a building — and it was later revealed that police had confiscated bags of bricks there that were stashed there by the protesters. Treadstone confirmed to BLP that the leftists were throwing bricks at law enforcement, which is when they were given the dispersal order. 

“Antifa got pretty humiliated by the police,” Treadstone said, explaining that they were being stopped by police, arrested, or pepper sprayed each time they attempted to advance on the pro-Trump crowd. He said that he personally witnessed at least seven arrests.

“One Trump supporter was arrested as antifa was burning a flag and he had attempted to grab it back, other than that we were incredible peaceful and there was nothing violent coming from our side,” he said.

In addition to DHS and local law enforcement, there was also private security that had volunteered their services to the free speech activists — including members of the Oathkeepers.

“The free speech side is chanting ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ while the antifa side is chanting ‘A-C-A-B, All Cops Are Bastards,’” Pool noted during his livestream — while observing that there were more riot police blocking the anarchist side. He also stated that for the most part, the free speech side was compliant with police when given orders.

Hundreds of people were gathered on either side of the park hours before the rally was even scheduled to begin, with large amounts of police dividing the groups. While the groups began similar in size, the amount of antifa present grew rapidly by afternoon, and quickly outnumbered the free speech activists. It wasn’t just black bloc anarchists surrounding the event, however. Other counter protests on each side of the plaza included communists, democratic socialists, and unions.

“They can come over here and nobody would bother them, but if I was to go over to their side — or anyone in a red MAGA hat — it would be violent,” someone attending the rally told Pool.

Inside the little free speech island, away from the rage surrounding them, people were casually tossing around beach balls, walking around, playing music and peacefully hanging out. The contrast was jarring.

“It’s mostly peaceful. A few shouting matches. But those are outside of the POTUS/free speech group. Very heavy police force on the perimeter. Not so much in the crowds,” Miles Rudduck, a free speech advocate who was at the rally told Big League Politics.

When we asked Rudduck if he was concerned about violence breaking out when the rally ended and the free speech activists attempt to disperse, he said that “it depends.”

“Earlier the entrance was open. No Antifa. They were on the other side. But it could go either way. Antifa is agitated,” Rudduck explained. “Antifa is on northern perimeter. Pro union is on the eastern perimeter. And it appears to be a pro immigration group on the west side. South perimeter is clear.”

Rudduck told Big League that once the dispersal order was issued for the anarchists, many of the free speech activists began to leave as well over concerns of escalating violence.

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Portland journalist Mike Bivins, who was covering the rally, also expressed concerns about what would happen once the free speech event ended — not just for members of the two different protest groups — but for journalists as well.

“I heard from another protester that they’re concerned that as the numbers dwindle things could spark up, cops have things pretty contained right now,” Bevins told Big League Politics. “Getting ambushed as you’re leaving a protest is always a concern, especially today — for antifa, alt-right and journalists.”

At least six journalists, or people claiming to be, were caught up in a mass detention following the dispersal order.

Cassandra Fairbanks is a senior reporter at Big League Politics and a DC-based writer and populist political commentator who has been published in a range of outlets including Sputnik News, Teen Vogue, and the International Business Times.

 

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COULTER: Detained Illegals Are “Being Separated From Coyotes and Drug Mules”

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Author and pundit Ann Coulter was confronted by a TMZ cameraman today, and the result was not pretty for the paparazzo.

“The biggest thing is these kids are being separated from their parents,” said the cameraman posing a lefty journalist

Coulter responded in her usual ruthless manner.

“They’re being separated from coyotes and drug mules, that has already been proven before” she said.

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Coulter continued to savage her adversary.

“The parents can stay in Mexico,” she said. “You don’t get to get out of committing crimes in this country because you have a baby. I mean, why don’t we let out Bernie Madoff. His kids suffered. One committed suicide.”

The activist then brought up the First Ladies who have denounced President Donald J. Trump’s zero tolerance policy.

“Thank God First Ladies aren’t elected officials,” Coulter replied with a grin.

When asked if she thought this would be a “stain on our country’s history,” Coulter delivered her knockout blow.

“It’s going to be the END of our country’s history if we let these hordes in,” she said. “It will never, never stop.”

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WaPo Employees Beg Bezos for Raise

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More than 400 employees at the Washington Post have signed an open letter to owner Jeff Bezos demanding better working conditions after more than a year of failed negotiations with upper management.

“[Dear Jeff Bezos] we workers of The Washington Post have been bargaining for a year and have little to show for it because The Post won’t meet us halfway on much of anything,” says a tweet shared by the Post Guild. “We love The Post. We know you do too. Our work has earned us more than what The Post is offering.”

According to Deadlinesignees of the letter include prominent employees like White House reporter Ashley Parker and political reporter Dave Weigel.

Bezos is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon. His estimated net worth is nearly $142 billion. He bought the paper in 2013.

The left-wing culture that has engulfed the Washington Post has spilled over into the office, and come back to bite Bezos. His employees are calling on him to “share the wealth” that they claim to have created.

“All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security,” the petition says.

The staff accompanied the petition with a video.

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“I’m fighting for equal pay, because regardless of gender or skin color, we all deserve to be paid the same,” said a compilation of employees in the video.

The sword of social justice appears to be turning inward on the Washington Post. 

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Chris Pratt At MTV Awards: “God Is Real, You Have A Soul, Learn To Pray”

It was a welcomed change to most Hollywood speeches

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While accepting the Generation Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, world-renowned actor Chris Pratt used his platform to preach his belief in God to a massive nationwide audience. In his acceptance speech, he laid out 9 rules for life, with a series of jokes, along with a number of solid pieces of life advice. Among his advice are “you have a soul, be careful with it,” and that “God is real,” and that he “loves you.” He also encourages those listening to him to learn to pray, telling them that it’s easy, and that it’s “good for the soul.”

All nine of his rules can be read here:

  1. “Breathe. If you don’t, you will suffocate.”
  2. “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
  3. “Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”
  4. “When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
  5. “It doesn’t matter what it is. Earn it. A good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.”
  6. “God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do.”
  7. “If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door, sit down, get all of the pee out first. And then, once all the pee is done, poop, flush, boom! You minimize the amount of time that the poop’s touching the air. Because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you’re peeing on top of it, stirring up the poop particles, create a cloud, goes out, then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.”
  8. “Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.”
  9. “Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget that. Don’t take that for granted.”

This speech is a wholesome change of pace from what many in Hollywood have been saying at similar award ceremonies. Recently, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro used his time on stage at the Tony Awards to yell “f*** Trump!” His stunt resulted in thunderous applause from the audience mostly full of Hollywood elites.

Surprisingly, Pratt’s speech also resulted in loud applause, despite a handful of visible dissenters in the crowd when he spoke about his faith. This likely has to do with Pratt’s enormous profile as one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Virtually everything he is a part of becomes a hit, and his upcoming movie “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom” isn’t expected to be any different.

The Generation Award he was receiving showcases just how high profile of a celebrity he is. The award is given to those who show great achievement in movies. Recent winners include Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., and Johnny Depp.

 

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