After a Bernie Sanders supporter, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, murdered two men in Portland, Oregon on Friday, the city’s mayor on Monday is calling for the feds to shut down two upcoming rallies he considers “alt-right” and filled with “bigotry” and “hatred.”
In a Facebook post, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a progressive leftist Democrat, called on the “federal government to IMMEDIATELY REVOKE” the “Trump Free Speech Rally” scheduled for June 4th in downtown Portland and the “March Against Sharia” scheduled for June 10.
“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 wrote. “I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland. There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.”
Like many progressive leftists, Wheeler believes that disagreeing with an anti-American leftist somehow equates to “hatred” and “bigotry.”
Comments to Wheeler’s statement on Facebook were almost entirely in opposition to his anti-free speech stance.
“Hey Butthead, this is still America,” wrote one respondent. “More hateful and violent acts have been committed by the lunatic liberal fringe than the alt-right.”
“So a liberal Democrat nut job stabs two men and you use this to shut down Trump rallies? Seems legit,” another commenter mocked.
“Ted Wheeler wants to stop a rally for free speech? Are we not in America where free speech is protected? What a travesty!” another person reacted. “Ted Wheeler, you are a nut job!”
“Do not shut down free speech,” another Portlander wrote. “You as the elected official have sworn to uphold the constitution. Crimes happen every day, and to blame innocent people of hatred and to assume they are alt-right because they have a different opinion than you is seriously ill-willed.”
The ACLU, which normally provides cover for leftists like Wheeler, spoke out against Wheeler’s attack on the First Amendment, saying that “The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period.”
“We are all free to reject and protest ideas we don’t agree with,” ACLU Oregon said in a statement. “That is a core, fundamental freedom of the United States. If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line.”