Two good men gave their lives in Portland to defend innocent women from a right-wing hate-monger.
Ricky John Best was a father of four and an army veteran. He ran for political office, saying, “I can’t stand by and do nothing”, something we should all be saying.
Taliesin Namkai-Meche was a college student. His last words as he was taken away by the medics were, “Tell everyone on this train I love them”.
The survivor of the attack, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, opposed prejudice against Muslims and said “I just hope that people are listening and try to do something about it.”
The women are horrified.
Republican party representatives, on the other hand, are looking at this situation and suggesting that maybe they ought to hire more white nationalist religious fanatics as security guards.
Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal, however, told the Guardian that recent street protests had prompted Portland Republicans to consider alternatives toabandoning the public square.
I am sort of evolving to the point where I think that it is appropriate for Republicans to continue to go out there,he said.And if they need to have a security force protecting them, that’s an appropriate thing too.
Asked if this meant Republicans making their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, Buchal said:Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.
Asked if he was considering such groups as security providers, Buchal said:Yeah. We’re thinking about that. Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis.
Hmm. Maybe if you don’t want to be thought of as like Nazis, you shouldn’t be identifying with murderous fascist kooks and suggesting that far right white nationalist groups and rabid anti-government militias like the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters are legitimate supporters of your political party.
But please, no more deaths of good people. Let’s destroy these goons at the ballot box.