PORTLAND, OR.- As riots in Portland enter their eighth week, one man, who has endured the nonsense for over 50 nights, has had enough. Gabriel Johnson, 48, a Marine (because there’s no such thing as a “former” Marine) has been listening to the insurrection taking place outside his window, and he was at the end of his rope.
Fox News reported, Finally, at 3 a.m. in the morning on July 20th, after counting 82 explosions he’d had enough, saying:
“…at that point I [had] counted 82 explosions and just thought, you know, somebody has to do something,”
Johnson, who lived only a block away from the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, that has become the focal point of violence in the city, took his American flag in hand and marched directly into the chaos.
Johnson knew that he was going to get a bad reaction by some, if not most of the basement dwellers that comprised most of the rioting thugs. However, Johnson said that he was ill-prepared for the reaction he got.
Johnson told Fox:
“I was being called the N-word by black people. People were chasing me around with baseball bats,”
Johnson, who is African American said that he saw a lot of what he referred to as eye-opening events on that July 20th night, but there was one thing in particular which stood out to him.
“Antifa has infiltrated Black Lives Matter,”.
He then went on to describe a woman who was adorned in Black Lives Matter gear, who showed him threatening footage of rioters following him back to his home. He was told that they were keeping tabs on him. Johnson said the woman was holding an Antifa pen and was speaking with others via walkie-talkie.
“These people have nothing to do with black lives. Our black community leaders need to stand up and lead because what’s happening is they’re letting a group of terrorists that don’t represent me, use me, and that’s not right,” Johnson said.
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In yet another scene that disturbed him, Johnson related the story of a 65-year-old African American veteran who was attempting to stop the burning of Johnson’s flag, when he was beaten by alleged Black Lives Matter thugs.
Johnson said, getting emotional as he recalled the incident:
“He said, ‘there’s no way you’re gonna burn this flag.’ That was followed up by Black Lives Matter, black men, running after this man, punching him in his face, grabbing the flag and throwing it over the fence,”
Johnson, a lifelong resident of the city puts the blame for the destruction of the city squarely on local leadership and their failure to address the chaos.
“The lack of police response, city response, response from our mayor has just given free rein to holy hell to take place at that 11 o’clock hour to 3 in the morning.”
Johnson also embraces the extra assistance provided to the city through the supplying of federal troops sent by the Trump administration, saying:
“In the absence of the local police what do we expect? If we as a city aren’t going to police ourselves, then we should expect someone to come in and police for us.”
He went on to say:
“I look at everything from a patriot’s point of view. I’ve spent a lot of time fighting for our country. And so, my belief in and my patriotism for this country is unmeasured…I fought for this country and this is not what I fought for,”
There are many more veterans that proudly served our country, Mr. Johnson, who feel exactly the same way that you do.
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