2019-08-20 11:40:23

Was the Latest Fascist Rally in Portland a Bust?



GUEST: Arun Gupta is a journalist who has written for The Intercept, the Washington Post, The Nation, Raw Story, The Guardian, and Jacobin. He is the author of the upcoming Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction: A Junk Food-Loving Chef’s Inquiry Into Taste.

His latest article in The Intercept is called Riotlandia: Why Portland has Become the Epicenter of Far-Right Violence. He is a regular news correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali

BACKGROUND: The city of Portland, Oregon - which usually enjoys a reputation for liberalism - has become the site of regular clashes between white supremacist groups and anti-fascist counter-protesters. On Saturday the latest planned gathering by groups like Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer drew a few hundred people for about an hour.

President Donald Trump tweeted ahead of the rally that he would be paying close attention to events in the city and that he was considering declaring "Antifa a terrorist organization," even though Antifa is not an organization and white supremacists have been most closely linked to mass shootings and hate crimes.

The fascist groups declared victory. But was it indeed a victory?

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