It wasn’t too long ago that the news was filled with reports of violent protests in Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Washington, D.C., and other cities around the nation. And then ... silence. Networks and newspapers are going wall-to-wall with analyses of every syllable uttered by President Trump’s doctors as he is treated for covid-19. Of course, that’s news, but in the meantime, other news — like a continuing plague of violence in those cities and elsewhere — has virtually disappeared from the coverage.

But it’s still there. A look at the Portland police Twitter page from the last few nights shows yet another march and confrontation with police. (Nobody bothers to keep count of the number of consecutive nights there has been violence.) “The march has arrived at the new courthouse at 1200 SW 1st Ave.,” police tweeted between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time Sunday, Oct. 4. “Some participants have begun vandalizing the building. Do not do this. You are subject to arrest. To the van supporting the march: it is unsafe and illegal to drive the wrong way on a 1-way.” As the marchers continued, police warned, “Vandalism to the courthouse will not be tolerated. If you commit vandalism you are subject to arrest or use of force.”

Remember when Democratic leaders and their allies in the media blamed it all on Trump? With the president nursing his illness 2,800 miles away, and with Democrats and media talkers consumed by other stories, the protests have continued. In Portland, the most recent targeted a brand-new $324 million courthouse, just opening this week. Six people were arrested.

Even more serious was an attack on a police officer. One recent morning, a Portland officer was doing paperwork in his car when a rioter smashed the car window and filled the car with pepper spray. The officer managed to radio a description of his attacker, who was later arrested in a car that police had been following earlier. “Inside the vehicle, officers found window punch tools, pepper spray, throwing knives, a laser pointer, a slingshot, rocks, and more,” police noted. It was a rioter’s toolkit.

Police reported that the suspect was a 41-year-old Portland man named John B. Russell. He was charged with assaulting a public safety officer, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief in the first degree. Like almost every other suspect accused of violence and rioting in Portland, Russell was quickly released.

There has also been trouble in Seattle and Washington, D.C., in the last few days. You just probably haven’t heard about it.

It seems needless to say that none of this has anything to do with Black lives or any protest against real or alleged police brutality. Much of the agitation is clearly the work of the violent extremist movement antifa. Remember that at the presidential debate, Democratic candidate Joe Biden declared, “Antifa is an idea, not an organization.” President Trump responded, “Oh, you gotta be kidding ... When a bat hits you over the head, it’s not an idea. ... Antifa is a dangerous radical group.” Biden’s response was to mock the president by saying, “You have no ideas.”

But in Portland, if antifa is an idea, it’s an idea armed with window punch tools, pepper spray, throwing knives, a laser pointer, a slingshot, rocks and more. Biden defended his statement by saying that FBI Director Christopher Wray had called antifa an “idea.” “That is what [the] FBI director said,” Biden claimed.

But Wray, in House testimony on Sept. 17, said: “We look at antifa as more of an ideology or a movement than an organization. To be clear, we do have quite a number of properly predicated domestic terrorism investigations into violent anarchists, extremists, any number of whom self-identify with the antifa movement.” On multiple other occasions, Wray referred to the “antifa movement.” He also noted that antifa is “coalescing” into an actual group in some areas.

So perhaps Biden should call antifa a violent movement. But put semantics aside. Maybe if the violence were covered more in the media, Biden would be forced to actually confront it. But for now, remember that violence and unrest are indeed still going on -- even if they don’t make the news.

Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.

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deaton

Hey BigBob, are you watching the VP debate tonight? Or do you have another “movie night” planned? Have you got the “Lone Ranger & Tonto” on your playlist? Jay Silvertheels is really good playing Tonto. He’s the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, kinda like HavasuGuy the moron is yours! Anyway enjoy the debate and/or “Movie”! #Re-Elect45! [thumbup][whistling][tongue][love] Deaton

hvnfun

Funny how your trumpers ignore that Biden has said numerous times that anyone committing a crime should be arrested and completely ignore the fact trump refuses to say the same about the proud boys or say anything negative about white supremist. Asked the racist organization to stand by! Yea trump is exactly what Lindsey Graham said about him back in 2016, "Trump is a race-baiting, xenophobic. religious bigot" anybody who doesn't see that today has simply chose to stick their head in the sand and ignore all the facts.

Objective Dialectic

Again, as Biden Said in the debate, he is not currently the POTUS; he does want to sit down and have talks to help de-escalate the tension and put a stop to the violent eruptions of rioting, but he is not the one currently holding office. It's been Trump's duty since the violence has erupted, and look at what's happening. Nothing has changed, and if anything, things have only gotten more violent with every action or lack thereof that Trump has taken. You would think after all of this time, and after seeing that military police and violent response/suppression is only exacerbating the riots, that Trump would change tactics. He hasn't. He continues to argue that the only way to combat this is to physically fight back with police force. At least Biden has a plan to try something different; to actually address the underlying issue and to hold discussions with both sides to try to find what will ease the tension, and calm everyone down. Sometimes, it is best not to fight fire with fire. I do not condone the riots in any way, but if the use of police force isn't doing anything after months, it is time to change tactics. Negotiations that will lead to actual change in our justice system won't give rioters a leg to stand on anymore as the BLM movement is acknowledged; rather than attacking the rioters, we as a country, need to attack the issue underlying the protests and the subsequent riots.

Davel2

[thumbup][thumbup] Objective Dialectic... Perfectly said again!

Azul@Havasu

A review of the transcript might be helpful here.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/09/30/presidential-debate-read-full-transcript-first-debate/3587462001/

From the transcript:

"1:02:40 BIDEN

I don't hold public office now. I am a former Vice President. I've made it clear, I've made it clear in my public statements that the violence should be prosecuted. Anyone who committed it --

1:02:53 WALLACE

But you've never called for the people- Excuse me, sir. You’ve never called for the leaders in Portland, and in Oregon, to call in the national office and knock off 100 days of riots.

1:03:05 BIDEN

They can, in fact, take care of it if he’d just stay out of the way. Look-

1:03:11 TRUMP

Oh really? Oh really? -- The killer of a young man in the middle of the street and they shot him. For three days Portland didn’t do anything."

Reading the transcript may help everyone have better grasp of the debate.

Objective Dialectic

Thank you for proving my point azul.

simon1dog

Biden supports ANTIFA. The facts are there. Right over there. Top drawer.

BigBob

So sad, just can't stop lying can you? Future President Biden has made it clear he does not support any violence by anyone, period. And there is no such thing as Antifa as a group it is an idea.

BigBob

Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence, sourcing arms and ammunition and even suggesting political assassinations ahead of a series of contentious rallies. The chats on the GroupMe app, shared with the Guardian by the antifascist group Eugene Antifa, show conversations between Oregon members of the Patriots Coalition growing more extreme as they discuss armed confrontations with leftwing activists, and consume a steady diet of online disinformation about protests and wildfires. Rightwing activists discuss acts of violence at recent, contentious protests, which they were recorded carrying out. At one point, David Willis, a felon currently being sued for his role in an earlier episode of political violence, joins a discussion about the use of paintballs. Where other members had previously suggested freezing the paintballs for maximum damage, Willis wrote: “They make glass breaker balls that are rubber coated metal. They also have pepper balls but they are about 3 dollars a ball. Don’t freeze paintballs it makes them wildly inaccurate”

Mr Lemons

"leaded chat logs" lol

Mr Lemons

Sorry, "leaked" Wish this comment software had an edit option.

BigBob

Made a fool of yourself again, did you?

CVA-42

How many times do you make a fool of yourself? More than I care to count, being right up there with the amount of lies Trump tells.

deaton

Don’t go down that rabbit hole BigBob! Have you re-read some of your garbage and lies lately? “Auto-correct” has been doing a job on you! As far as making a fool of yourself, I can’t help you there, you do a fine job of that every day! Say, hi to the Twit and the Moron they seem to be “slacking off” lately. #Re-Elect45! [thumbup][whistling][tongue][love] Deaton

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