ANTIFA held a counter-rally in Portland, Oregon over the weekend in response to the white supremacist group Proud Boys and it got pretty heated, as it usually does when these two groups clash.
New Mexico Rep. Debra Haaland weighed in on the weekend events, calling ANTIFA “peaceful protesters” who are trying to protect Portland from “domestic terrorism.”
Her comments come as a response to President Trump’s tweet about the event this weekend.
Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019
“This is on par with what the president does. He sides with the white supremacists, he sides with the white nationalists, with the domestic terrorists in our country,” Haaland said when asked about Trump’s tweet. “He’s incited violence against people of color. Portland is a progressive city. They want to ensure that they keep their city moving forward.”
“It’s not surprising that Trump would side away from the folks who are the peaceful protesters working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism. Just not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists,” she continued. “That’s been his mode of operation since before he was elected president.”
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