Portland and the Left’s False Narrative
The coverage of the Pro-Trump free speech rally in Portland yesterday tells you a lot about the left’s cultural power and ability to set a narrative even when that narrative flies in the face of known facts.
The rally, which had long been scheduled, took place a week after tragic murders of two men (and serious injury of another) in Portland who were attempting to defend two young women (one of them Muslim) by Jeremy Christian, a man who voted for Bernie Sanders, and acknowledged he could not bring himself to vote for Trump. Christian’s horrific act was immediately seized on by Ted Wheeler, the Democratic Mayor of Portland, as cause for the federal government to cancel a permit for the Pro-Trump rally.
And short of some voices on the right, and a few honorable ones in the media, the narrative continued in this way, as if there was some sort of direct line between Christian’s murders and Trump supporters advocating for their political beliefs. As for the rally itself (which did take place as the Feds declined to cancel their permit) While local media did their best to bury the story, the left-wing Antifa and their allies again made up the bulk (if not all) of arrests, in many cases for hurling various projectiles at police.
Before the rally, the ACLU, which has not exactly covered itself in glory as of late, earned credit for unreservedly sticking up for the free speech rights of the Pro-Trump demonstrators– as did some notable members of the media, but it was remarkable how much of a free pass that Portland’s Mayor’s stand got from many, given that his call for the rally’s cancelation flew directly in the face of the obvious first amendment rights of the Trump supporters and that his call was so obviously pretextual.
Attendees at the actual event, rather than the rally of Mayor Wheeler’s imagination, reported it to be positive and patriotic, despite the comments by Mayor Wheeler who wrote beforehand that “there is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.”
In his continued defense of his call for the Pro-Trump rally’s cancelation, Mayor Wheeler wrote that “As we move forward, we need to reckon with the fact that racist attitudes lead to racist words, and that racist words lead to violence. And we need to decide what we’re going to do about it.”
I’d respectfully suggest that we’d be far better off concentrating on what we are going to do about the left’s obsession with shutting down conservative speech using any pretext it can find, and how they intend to square that desire with the Americans’ First Amendment rights.
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