Can you pickle that?
Oregon Live has a really good write-up of the Battle of the 7 Bridges in Portland yesterday. Local media rules! Seriously, read this article, it’s fantastic.
“Right-wing activists and those protesting their presence converged Saturday on Portland’s downtown waterfront in a much-anticipated confrontation that captivated a nation inflamed by rising division and resentment, with even President Donald Trump entering the Fray.”
And with a lead paragraph like that – sets up all the players and action — Q: how much better can a news story get? A: A lot!
Here’s a take-away quote that says it all:
“We wanted national attention and we got it,” said Joe Biggs, a Florida resident and former InfoWars staffer who organized the right-wing event. “Mission success.”
It really was like a stupid Twitter flame war with Nazis wanting to own the libs. And speaking of Nazis, here’s Hair Füror’s contribution to the story put into context:
“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” the president tweeted. “Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”
And I will note here that hating people for fighting fascism is like hating Batman for fighting crime, but that’s our Hair Füror for you. But I interrupted. Do continue.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler later fired back at Trump in a CNN interview.
“This is a potentially dangerous and volatile situation,” Wheeler said. “Adding to that noise doesn’t do anything to support or help the efforts that are going on here in Portland.”
Because this happened in Portland, some of the counter-protestors were garbed in the traditional costumes of the Pacific Northwest: Portland protests to feature banana costumes, poop emojis and fundraisers for immigrants. And a small detail that I personally love: the counter protestors flung mayo at the white supremacists.
Keep being weird Portland. WE LOVE YOU!
Anyway, essentially the police kept the protestors and the counter-protestors apart by having them march across the Willamette river on separate bridges (for those of you unfamiliar with beautiful Portland, the mighty Willamette bisects the city and they have more bridges than just about other city, all of them are gorgeous and architectural gems), and at some point the Nazis goose-stepped across the last bridge into Vancouver Washington where the cops could not go, and they had a picnic.