Citizens of Portland Continue Their Stand Against Brutal Police Now Aided by Trump’s Stormtroopers
We begin with the trial run underway in Portland for Trump’s reelection plan after having invented the specter of Antifa as a threat to America, to use an executive order to protect statues and government buildings as an excuse to deploy his private federal militia led by rabid Trumpsters DHS acting head Chad Wolfe and CBP Deputy Director Ken Cuccinelli to create chaos in the streets to be shown with hysterical commentary on Fox intended to rile up his base. All this to try again to distract the public from the real crisis, a pandemic Trump has let loose on the land, which our absentee leader is incapable of dealing with and is trying to wish away. Robert Evans, an investigative reporter for Bellingcat who has been covering the protests in Portland for months and has worked as a conflict journalist in Iraq and Ukraine and has reported on far-right extremists in the U.S., joins us. The host of the podcast behind the Bastards for iHeartMedia, he has documented clashes between protesters and police including Trump’s fascistic kidnapping of protesters by federal officers without insignia in unmarked cars and protests in response to these police-state tactics. We assess whether the outrage expressed by Portland’s mayor, the state’s congressional representatives and its two U.S. Senators along with the governor, will deter Trump’s stormtroopers from continuing their phony war against a couple of hundred leaderless anarchists while ignoring the growing threat of right wing neo-Nazis and Boogaloo radicals who are actually intent on killing police to start a civil war.
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