Black Marine Vet Shreds BLM Protesters: 'None of You Represent Black Lives'
Veteran Gabriel Johnson slams activists in Portland while holding America flag
A black U.S. Marine veteran has shredded Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, telling the activists that "none of you guys represent black lives."
Gabriel Johnson, a black man who served eight years in the Marines, tried to decorate a fence around Portland's federal courthouse with American flags over the weekend.
While waving a full-size U.S. flag, Johnson confronted violent BLM protesters as they appeared to attempt to tear down the fence and vandalize the public building.
“None of you guys represent black lives,” the vet snapped as he blasted the leftist mob.
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“If you stand for justice, come here and stand with me,” Johnson yelled at protesters while holding an American flag.
"Stand with me because I’m here for justice,” Johnson, who opposes the use of federal law enforcement in the city, continued.
"I’m not here to tear down this f***ing fence; I’m not here to spray-paint.
"It’s going on every day," he warned.
"If you don’t want to get gassed, stop!
"If you don’t want to get gassed, stop! It has to stop!
"None of you guys represent black lives," Johnson declared.
"Sit and protest. Sit and protest.”
The moment was captured on video and posted to social media.
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Federal law enforcement used tear gas to disperse the crowd of rioters on Friday night.
The move prompted the protesters to respond using fireworks.
“I spent eight years in the Marine Corps," Johnson told KOIN in response.
"I have tremendous PTSD," he told the outlet.
"So 85 flash bangs and tear gas in my apartment is very triggering, and part of that trigger is the one way to stop it is to be about change.”
“We deserve better," Johnson said, explaining his attempt to decorate the fence with flags.
"We deserve to be brought together.”
“My narrative is simply we all need to come together,” he told a protester.
"Man, that’s it. You’re mad at me because I got a flag?"
“I support the city; I support the police; I support us coming together because it’s about time,” Johnson told KOIN.
“It’s been 60-plus days of us being out in the street and like, what’s been accomplished?”
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler complained about the presence of federal law enforcement in the city.
The Democrat mayor said the feds “are not wanted here.
"We haven’t asked them here. In fact, we want them to leave.”
“Well, the president has a complete misunderstanding of cause and effect,” said Wheeler, as reported by the Daily Mail.
"What’s happening here is, we have dozens, if not hundreds of federal troops descending upon our city.
“And what they’re doing is, they are sharply escalating the situation.
"Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism.
"And it’s not helping the situation at all.
"They’re not wanted here. We haven’t asked them here.
"In fact, we want them to leave.
"What we’re seeing is a blatant abuse of police tactics by the federal government, by a Trump administration that’s falling in the polls.
"And this is a direct threat to our democracy,” Wheeler claimed.
“We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it," President Trump tweeted on Sunday.
We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2020
"Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators," Trump added.
"They are missing in action.
"We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE.
"These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!”