FILE PHOTO: A man dressed in an American flag joins protesters in Portland, Oregon, U.S., August 22, 2020. REUTERS/Maranie Staab/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security on Tuesday warned a defiant Portland to quell the unrest in its city or the federal government would take over.

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said that the federal government would “have no choice but to protect our American citizens” if Oregon fails to bring peace. “Your inaction has fostered an environment that has fueled senseless violence and destruction night after night,” Wolf wrote in a letter. “You have stood by passively, arguing that the nightly violence “will ultimately burn itself out.” The evidence demonstrates otherwise.”

Portland officials continue to refuse assistance from the federal government and remain insistent that the protests aren’t out of control, but President Donald Trump has portrayed Portland as a city in chaos, saying it was on fire and railed against what he called “left-wing” protestors. He also said Wolf and Attorney General Bill Barr were joining forces to combat the unrest.

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden blamed Trump, not the protestors, for encouraging violence after a 17-year-old shot and killed two protestors and wounded a third at a Kenosha, Wis., rally and a Trump supporter was shot and killed in a rally in Portland on Saturday. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Democrats Tell Base To Punch People, Blame Trump When Riots Start – The Federalist – 9/1/2020
Democrats have recently joined forces in blaming President Trump of fanning the flames of violence. While this is nothing new, it is concerning evidence of a pattern among the left.

CBS Host Grills DHS Chief For Refusing To Condemn Violent Trump Supporters: ‘So You Endorse This?’ – Crooks and Liars – 9/1/2020
During an interview on CBS, host Margaret Brennan noted that President Donald Trump has tweeted praise for supporters who have staged counter-protests against Black Lives Matter in cities like Portland.

Fact check: ‘WE ARE NOT ABLAZE,’ Portland fire department says after Trump falsely claims ‘entire city’ is on fire – CNN – 9/1/2020
Portland’s fire department has a message for President Donald Trump: the whole city is not on fire. […] “WE ARE NOT ABLAZE IN PORTLAND,” Lt. Rich Chatman, a spokesman for Portland Fire & Rescue, said in a text message to CNN on Monday night. “There is a very isolated pocket of demonstrations that have involved fire, none of which has been substantial enough to need more than 1 fire engine.”

Biden blames Trump “encouraging violence” after man linked to right-wing group killed in Portland – Salon – 8/31/2020
“I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right,” Biden said in a statement. “And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same.”

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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