Portland is gearing up for a potential clash between Antifa and the Proud Boys on Saturday, August 17. Some merchants and civic groups have canceled events they had planned for downtown Portland. This includes Kells Irish Pub; they had planned to hold some amateur boxing matches on Saturday. Rather ironic that.
The mayor and a disparate group of civic leaders and community organizers held an outdoor gathering pleading for calm. One Rabbi stepped up to the microphone and defended Antifa; she might have a touch of the Jesuit within her, or at the very least Father Pfleger of Chicago. She was not the only one that believes that Antifa is a defender of Portland’s virtue.
The ACLU is warning the Portland Police Bureau, demanding they try to control themselves. The ACLU and the rest of the usual suspects will not be on the frontlines Saturday. No, they won’t be there, but it will be Portlanders that have to work on Saturday or travel through downtown on public transportation that will be left to fend for themselves.
The homeless that urinate, defecate, and shoot-up around the bridges along the riverfront will be left alone; even Antifa and the Proud Boys have some standards when it comes to selecting an audience.