PORTLAND — You guys need to understand what’s happening in the country right now.
Documentary filmmaker and right-leaning activist Ami Horowitz was attacked outside of the federal courthouse while reporting on Black Lives Matter protest this week.
Horowitz was interviewing protestors and filming the rioting and chaos that has erupted every night for the past several weeks in Portland when he was assaulted with broken glass once rioters became aware of who he was.
He was threatened that if he portrayed any of the protestors in a negative light he would face “street justice.”
Horowitz said that although the established media continues to refer to these protests as peaceful, it is anything but, saying he observed rioters carrying pipes, hammers, glass, bottles, rocks, golf clubs and incendiary devices.
“The goal of these protests is to encourage societal breakdown so it can be rebuilt in their own warped image.”
Horowitz said that when officers at the federal courthouse were forced to come out to deal with the fires the mob set, they used non-lethal methods such as tear gas and pepper spray even after they were viciously attacked.
Most telling, however, were the responses he received to his questions. He asked several rioters whether they thought organized chaos was a useful tool. All of them agreed that it was and said it was even necessary. One rioter told him:
“Keyword: organized chaos.”
He then asked the crowd of almost all millennials whether they believed this was the end of the American experiment.
“Yes, we failed….Burn it down,” said rioters.
The Black Lives Matter protest has turned violent every night for the past several weeks. When asked whether they needed violence as a tool, one protestor said:
“Yes! Yes! You gotta have violence. Looting and rioting is part of protesting.”
One black protestor was frustrated with the mostly all-white crowd and told Horowitz that blacks represented just 2 percent of the crowd.
“I don’t know no black folks who throwin mortar and shit. I don’t know no black folks who’s throwin bombs over a fence. That don’t have nothing to do with us! When everybody gets to go home, we stay black…and we get blamed for your black lives fuc–ing matter. “
But has the American experiment failed? Millennials in Portland seem to think so. Brainwashed by left-leaning professors teaching revisionist history, this generation is nothing like the generation of their grandparents.
Although they have more power and information available at their fingertips in their smart phones, they are woefully ignorant of American history. They have no understanding of their obligations as U.S. citizens or how free they are compared to most other countries.
They also have no experience with lack or want. The Greatest Generation survived War World II with meager possessions or cash and learned how to survive on war-time rations, backyard gardens and pinching pennies.
Many made sacrifices with their own blood as caretakers of a civilization built upon the backs and sweat of people from all walks of life. They died protecting and preserving a Western culture they believed in.
Not so today. In our modern secular educational system, which is devoid of religion or any mandates for personal, individual responsibility, ignorant millennials want us to believe that the great American experiment they were handed–warts and all–will be better under their own hybrid Marxists-socialist form of government.
It is clear when watching and listening to many of these rioters, they lack any actual virtues. There is no moral compass to guide them on their human journey through life. One white protestor actually said of the violence:
“This is us taking the high road. This is us not creating groups to kill off and assassinate the people that are doing the same to us. This is us just trying to create a world filled with love and kill off the hate.”
Exactly who is killing off and assassinating white millennials is unclear. What is clear is that we have thousands of misguided, angry, narcissistic adults who haven’t actually made it to adulthood.
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In generations past, this group would likely be married, raising children and owning their own home, not burning down their own city and a federal courthouse.
The sad truth is that it may just be too late to return this generation’s stolen map–or our statutes–but we must fight for law and order to be restored and then do the hard work: returning great thinkers and philosophers, literature, art, music and critical thinking to the classroom along with a mandatory heaping side of civics.
There seems to be non-stop clamoring about how Portland is so peaceful with their protests and that it’s the federal agents dispatched to protect federal property that are somehow these cold-blooded individuals.
‘F**k It. If One Of Them Cops Got Killed, Good’: Two Portland Protesters Laugh Off Explosion Near Federal Courthouse. https://t.co/jd1zPMyMC9
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 30, 2020
So, following an explosive device hurled at federal agents that detonated, Daily Caller chief video director Richie McGinniss decided to gauge some among the crowd watching the chaos to gather their thoughts on how they would feel if they knew agents were hurt or even killed by the explosion.
McGinniss addressed two young men present at the protest and asked the following:
“You guys see that explosion?”
Here’s that explosion I was talking about earlier at the courthouse:pic.twitter.com/kEKJYkmE0m
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) July 28, 2020
One of the two men mentioned that they had witnessed several “cool” explosions during the evening. McGinniss then clarified about the specific explosion, to which one of the two men stated “yeah, oh my god, yeah,” and stated that he was not part and parcel to that explosive being thrown.
So, McGinniss asked the following:
“What would you think if that did blow up around the cops, like what if one of the cops died?”
One of the two men laughed off the question, without saying anything thereafter. But one man who had not said anything prior to stated the following in response to the question:
“Fuck it. If one of them cops got killed – good.”
Cops are a leading cause of death for young men of all races.
Cops joke about killing people all day long.
Pretty sure throwing fireworks at a concrete bunker isn't going to kill anyone. There weren't any cops there anyway.
— Petra•Tumblia*greenwitch* (@petramachemathe) July 28, 2020
This is exactly the type of dangerous mentality that has embedded itself into these ongoing riots and protests across the country and particularly in Portland.
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On Wednesday, Kate Brown announced that federal officers are going to begin withdrawing from Portland.
But… they’re not.
At right around the same time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement saying federal law enforcement officers are there to stay for now.
“After my discussions with (Vice President Mike] Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland,” Brown said in a Twitter post.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown: The feds are leaving Portland.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 29, 2020
According to the governor, federal officers “have acted as an occupying force & brought violence” to the city.
These comments, of course, are despite the fact that rioters had been torching and looting the downtown area for weeks – and it all started prior to additional federal officers being deployed to help protect federal properties.
“Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland,” Brown wrote. “Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace. Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and police accountability. It’s time for bold action to reform police practices.”
It was nearly the same moment that DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf released a statement.
He confirmed he and Brown had “agreed to a joint plan”.
His, however, was focused on bringing an end to “the violent activity…directed at federal properties and law enforcement officers.”
Not only that, but Wolf confirmed that the Oregon State Police (OSP) is going to have “a robust presence”. All this as they work with local law enforcement to reclaim the downtown area.
To add to the confusion, federal officers will remain in Portland until attacks on a federal courthouse cease, says Oregon U.S. attorney Billy Williams, on Monday after another night of violence. And more officers may soon be on the way.
He went on to say:
“It is not a solution to tell federal officers to leave when there continues to be attacks on federal property and personnel. We are not leaving the building unprotected to be destroyed by people intent on doing so.”
Feds are not actually leaving Portland pic.twitter.com/EMqOLRKhgK
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) July 29, 2020
In recent days, local and state officials have made clear that that the federal officers are unwelcome. As a result, the mayors of Portland and five other major U.S. cities appealed Monday to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized agents to cities that don’t want them.
“This administration’s egregious use of federal force on cities over the objections of local authorities should never happen,” the mayors of Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Washington wrote to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty later requested a meeting with Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to discuss a cease-fire and the withdrawal of federal forces from Portland.
Portland has seen nightly protests for two months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. President Donald Trump said he sent federal agents to Portland to halt the unrest, but state and local officials said they are making the situation worse.
Officials say protestors were less than 100 before President Trump deployed federal officers over the July 4 weekend. Officials say the number has now reached the thousands.
Early on Monday, federal officers repeatedly fired tear gas, flash bangs and pepper balls at protesters outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland.
Some protesters had climbed over the fence surrounding the courthouse, while others shot fireworks, banged on the fence and projected lights on the building.
President Trump took to Twitter to claim that federal properties in Portland “wouldn’t last a day” without the presence of the federal agents.
Cline did not go into detail regarding the number of officers currently present or if more would be arriving.
This all comes as US Attorney General William Barr continues to defend the deployment of federal agents to cities, saying they are needed to counter violent rioters.
In heated testimony to Congress, Mr. Barr said protesters in Portland, Oregon, are committing “an assault on the government of the United States”.
Jerry Nadler, House Judiciary Chairman, accused the department of justice of sending agents to an ongoing protest at a federal courthouse in Portland – as well other cities, by the White House to aid Mr Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Republican Jim Jordan, ranking member of the committee, played an eight-minute video montage of news reports showing protesters violently clashing with police during ongoing nationwide protests against racism and police brutality as members of the media and prominent Democrats call the protesters “peaceful.”
Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying on Tuesday “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests” sparked by George Floyd’s death at the hands of police. https://t.co/uo9hIjdkuH
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) July 28, 2020
“We are on the defense,” Mr Barr told the committee. “We are not out looking for trouble,” he said, adding that federal police are not attempting to “suppress demonstrators”.
“In the wake of George Floyd’s death, violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims,” said Mr Barr.
He also defended the controversial June 1 clearing of a protest outside the White House that allowed Mr Trump to hold a photo op at a church, and the prosecutions of Trump associates that have been criticized as lenient.
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