Oregon Gov Blames 'White Supremacists' for Portland Violence; Silent on Antifa, BLM
Democrat Governor Kate Brown refuses to condemn leftist rioters
Oregon's Democrat Gov. Kate Brown has blamed "white supremacists" and "vigilantes" for the violent rioting in Portland, while refusing to condemn, or even acknowledge, Black Lives Matter or Antifa's role in the violence.
Governor Brown was speaking to call for an end to the unrest after almost 100 straight of violent leftist riots.
Brown spoke out in the wake of the shooting in downtown Portland last weekend when Trump supporter Aaron "Jay" Danielson was allegedly ambushed and executed by an Antifa member.
The man wanted for the slaying, 48-year-old Antifa and Black Lives Matter extremist Michael Forest Reinoehl, was shot dead by police on Thursday night after he allegedly pulled a gun on officers as they closed in on him.
"The violence must stop,” Brown declared in the written Thursday statement.
"There is no place for white supremacy or vigilantism in Oregon."
"All who perpetrate violent crimes must be held equally accountable," Gov. Brown added.
The statement made no mention of Antifa, BLM, or any other leftist protest groups or rioters.
While she didn’t specifically mention left-wing protesters who have thrown objects at police officers, vandalized and set buildings on fire, a spokesman said her statement “is a collective call to action for an end to violence in Portland and affirms that those who commit violent acts must be held accountable.”
Last Saturday, Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a member of the conservative Patriot Prayer group, was shot and killed in Portland.
Witnesses say Reinoehl, the alleged killer, "hunted" down and murdered Mr. Danielson because of his beliefs.
Reinoehl claimed in an interview with Vice earlier in the day that he had acted in self-defense.
Brown's condemnation of violence was also signed by almost two-dozen state and local politicians, a host of organizations including the local NAACP chapter, and the city's professional sports teams: the Trailblazers NBA team, the Timbers soccer team, and the Thorns women's soccer squad.
Portland’s Police Chief Chuck Lovell also called on elected officials this week to condemn nightly violence at protests.
Lovell's call comes a day after protesters, demanding far-left Mayor Ted Wheeler resign and cut police funding, broke into the mayor's condominium building and set a fire.
Wheeler reportedly plans to move.
This time last week, 74 suspects had been arrested on federal charges related to protests, U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said.
“Violent agitators have hijacked any semblance of First Amendment protected activity, engaging in violent criminal acts and destruction of public safety,” Williams said last week.