posted by Jack
They are burning Bible’s and the American flag in Portland. In Seattle a councilwoman incites a mob to riot and leads them to the police chief’s home.
Portland protesters were filmed burning Bibles and the American flag as protests continue in the city for more than two months. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz responded to a Friday video of people burning what was described as a “stack of Bibles” on Twitter Saturday, saying, “This is who they are.”
Protesters have targeted federal property, most notably the federal courthouse, in recent weeks as the violence continues.
“These aren’t late-night demonstrations,” Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams told reporters in July outside the federal courthouse. “This is criminal activity. There’s a difference. What you have failed and the media have failed to distinguish between — you seem unwilling to call people engaged in criminal conduct as criminals, as opposed to lawful protesting.”
“I’m just saying there needs to be a distinction made between lawful, constitutionally protected protest, and this. This is unlawful. And people, whether you’re an opportunist, an antagonist, an agitator, or an anarchist, call it out for what it is,” he added.
An agent with the Department of Homeland Security anonymously described the scenes as “totally surreal.”
“A totally surreal experience. You get large, nonviolent demonstrations where people march, they chant, they give speeches, then shortly after are replaced with a smaller crowd, though still large, who immediately start trying to break into and destroy the federal courthouse. They have transposed their hatred for the president and for law enforcement onto the physical structure of the federal courthouse, and the uniformed personnel whose job is to protect that courthouse,” the agent told the Center for Immigration Studies.
“They throw homemade Molotov cocktails, try to set the walls on fire, try to cut and pry through the plywood covering the glass walls, all the while screaming vitriol until their voices are cracked and hoarse. When DHS personnel are visible, they throw frozen water bottles at them, canned goods, paint, and gasoline. They try to shine high powered lasers into our eyes, which can cause permanent damage. They chant and spray paint “feds go home” as one of their slogans, and that could be easily achieved. If they could prove they wouldn’t destroy the courthouse, DHS personnel would go home. It is that simple,” the agent added.
President Trump has moved federal law enforcement officers to cities seeing repeated riots and violence and has been vocal in his condemnation of local leaders not controlling the situation.
SEATTLE: Seattle’s Chief of Police called on Seattle’s City Council to stand up against “mob rule” after “aggressive” activists reportedly targeted her home over the weekend, which scared her neighbors. “I wanted to update you on recent events, particularly those that occurred late last night,” Best wrote in a letter addressed to City Council President Lorena González and Public Safety Chair Lisa Herbold. “A residence of mine in Snohomish County was targeted by a large group of aggressive protestors late last night.
One commenter replied, “I could understand civil disobedience in the face of an unpopular law. But there IS NO unpopular law. There are a bunch of thugs, ginned up by the Democrats to be lawless. Those same democrats are protecting these thugs FROM the law and endangering the people who, theoretically, voted them into office (isn’t THAT ironic!?). When a society’s law makers become law-breakers, it’s up to the armed populace to organize and eliminate the problem by force, if necessary.”
Another wrote, “If you swore to support and defend the Constitution and carry out the laws as written, then stop hiding behind the city council and do your job. It doesn’t matter what the city council and mayor want. If they say no tear gas, then shoot the violent rioters. Put it back on them that less lethal methods were forbidden. They can’t stop you from clearing highways and city streets. There are laws on the books so enforce them. Your citizens pay for police protection. Give them what they’ve paid for. You are not a security force for imported and homegrown agitators.