Saturday marked another night of protests and riots in Portland. This time, there was a shooting, which resulted in the death of Aaron Danielson. The man was wearing a “Patriot Prayer” shirt, which is an organization that describes its goal as “fighting corruption, big government and tyranny”.
Members of Patriot Prayer, led by activist Joey Gibson, spent three summers brawling with local anti-fascists, setting the scene for the 90-day-long demonstrations and riots now convulsing the Rose City.
The Portland Police Bureau determined the man died of a gunshot wound to the chest: “This violence is completely unacceptable and we are working diligently to find and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible,” said Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell. Multiple videos have surfaced where Antifa and Black Lives Matter protestors rallied and cheered at the announcement of the Danielson’s death. Someone speaking into the megaphone can be heard saying, “he was a fu**ing Nazi!” and that they don’t need cops since “our community held its own”.
The shooting came just minutes after a large pro-Trump car caravan made its way through Portland and the downtown area, heavily protested and opposed by Antifa.
In a press conference Sunday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler spoke directly to Pres. Trump: “You’ve tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history and now you want me to stop the violence you helped create. What America needs is for you to be stopped!“