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Portland Mayor Under Fire For This Controversial Decision

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Portland Mayor Under Fire For This Controversial Decision

After the recent act of terrorism on the train in Portland, Ore., the city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, has urged federal officials and organizers to shut down “alt-right” Trump rallies planned for the upcoming weekend. The Portland mayor said on Monday that the “alt-right demonstrations” would only fuel hatred and fear during a time of tragedy.

Two men were stabbed to death while coming to the aid of two women who were experiencing a hate-filled anti-Muslim tirade. Mayor Wheeler said in a three-part note posted on Twitter, “There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.”

The mayor has declared that the city did not issue permits for the “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other similar events scheduled for this Sunday, June 10th. “Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation,” Wheeler said, adding that the permits already granted should be revoked.

An appeal against Mayor Wheeler’s actions was opened because of the debate that ensued regarding First Amendment rights. The threat of violence has already derailed appearances by presumed controversial figures on college campuses and other places in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley, California. The tensions created by violent clashes between the far-right and the far-left have caused some like Mayor Wheeler to shut down free speech rallies.

However, in fairness, the far-left group “antifa” and white supremacist are squaring off openly in the streets. Many of these agitators come in from out of town and the Mayor’s office is tired of it. The question is will the Mayor also cancel any left-wing protests in the area.

Throughout this year Portland has been rocked by national political protests, local protests directed toward the mayor’s policies, and protests against police brutality.

The Facebook page for the event scheduled for Sunday in Portland stated that there would be speakers and live music in “one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast.” Adding that it will be “an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.”

President Trump condemned the hateful stabbing on his official POTUS Twitter page on Monday. He said that the violence was “unacceptable.” “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them,” Trump tweeted.

Jeremy Joseph Christian began a rant on Friday harassing two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab authorities said. Two men, Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, stepped in to help the women and were killed by Christian. Another person who tried to help was seriously injured. The perpetrator’s social media postings indicated that he had a tie to Nazis’ and an affinity for political violence. Christian is accused of aggravated murder, intimidation (Oregon’s equivalent of a hate crime), and being a felon in possession of a weapon. He is scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.

What do you think about the Portland Mayor’s actions? Should the pro-Trump rallies be canceled?

Credit: Fox News

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