A Convoy of Far Right Trump Supporters Provoke Violence in Portland
We begin with an uptick in civil strife in Portland sparked by a 1,000 car convoy of rural Trump supporters organized by a far-right group Patriot Prayer who drove into Portland on Saturday night firing paintball and BB gun pellets at counter-protestors. Jason Wilson, a reporter for The Guardian based in Portland, Oregon joins us to discuss this provocation which the mayor of Portland has condemned, blaming Trump for the hate and division in America saying, “You’ve tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history. And now you want me to stop the violence that you helped create”. We examine the Patriot Prayer movement which many times over the last three years, has held pro-Trump demonstrations in Portland which have led to violent clashes with anti-fascist activists. This time a member of Patriot Prayer, who may or may not be Jay Bishop, was shot dead, prompting Trump to tweet out “Rest in Peace Jay!” No such tribute was paid by Trump to the two Black Lives Matter protesters recently shot dead by a Trump supporter in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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