April 18, 2021

Fears of more violence as another Trump rally comes to Portland Saturday – OPB News

Energized from the Republican National Convention and President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech Thursday night, Trump supporters are planning a vehicle parade through the Portland area Saturday.

According to a Facebook event, the rally is scheduled to start in Clackamas in the late afternoon and continue through Portland.

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In the president’s remarks, he again condemned ongoing protests against racist violence in the city.

“They will pass federal legislation to reduce law enforcement nationwide,” the president said in his acceptance speech Thursday night. “They will make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon. No one will be safe in Biden’s America.”

Multiple comments on the event page for Saturday’s rally showed photos of rifles, and people commented that they planned to attend the rally armed.

Organizers have not yet released route details.

A pro-Trump, pro-police rally in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center last weekend turned violent as hundreds of demonstrators, many armed, engaged in physical fights with anti-fascist counter demonstrators.

At that event, demonstrators shot paintball guns and sprayed bear mace at each other. Alan Swinney, a member of the Proud Boys — a group that frequently engages in violence at protests — Source…