When right-leaning supporters of former President Donald Trump poured into the U.S. Capitol in January, the invasion of the federal building was loudly decried by Democrats and many in the media as an attack on democracy, and all of the participants — whether actual violent rioters or legitimately peaceful protesters — were labeled as “insurrectionists” and smeared as “domestic terrorists.”
Yet, when the federal courthouse building in Portland, Oregon was violently assaulted for the umpteenth time over the past week, as reported by Breitbart, the incident was met with relative silence from the same people who have still not stopped clutching pearls over the Capitol debacle.
Interestingly, the rioters in Portland on Thursday — reported to be affiliated with Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other left-leaning activist groups — were confronted and pushed back not by Portland police, but by federal agents. However, the same individuals who decried those federal agents using the same riot control tactics as fascist stormtroopers in 2020 were, once again, oddly quiet this time around.
Fence removal prompts renewed attacks
The Oregonian reported that the recent incident at the federal courthouse in Portland involved a few dozen black-clad rioters who repeatedly launched assaults against the building and the federal agents assigned to protect it, including those attackers setting multiple fires, smashing out glass windows, and vandalizing the exterior of the property with graffiti.
Someone in the group set fire to the plywood on the building at the entrance to the courthouse. Federal officers are responding with crowd control munitions. #koin6news #pdx #pnw #Oregon #Portland pic.twitter.com/pQS1IPV7iL
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) March 12, 2021
Perhaps the most ironic aspect of the entire debacle is the fact that those attacks were launched just hours after the security fencing and barriers around the building were removed, proving, in essence, the need for those security measures that were erected last year to help defend against repeated and coordinated assaults on the building.
Even more preposterous is the fact that the removal of the barriers and fencing was cited by some of the rioters as a reason for the subsequent attacks and defacement of the building just hours later.
Other reasons cited by activists for the attack were an oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Wisconsin — which has absolutely nothing to do with Portland, Oregon — and the impending trial in Minneapolis of the ex-cop accused of killing George Floyd, which was an issue that was seized upon in 2020 by leftist activists and rioters as giving license to loot and destroy and wreak havoc nationwide.
The attackers are known, but nothing is done
Local CBS affiliate KOIN reported that, despite the clashes between rioters and federal agents outside the courthouse on Thursday, or perhaps because of them, more demonstrations — which will almost certainly result in more violence and vandalism — were planned for the city over the weekend.
Interestingly, the outlet noted that Robert King, a senior public safety adviser to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, said that the group leading these repeated assaults against the federal building were “self-described anarchists” — in other words, likely members of Antifa and affiliated leftist organizations.
King also said that the mayor’s office was reaching out to the new acting U.S. Attorney with jurisdiction over Portland to discuss ways in which the individuals conducting the attacks could be held accountable for their actions.
Here’s an idea: Maybe instead of consistently dropping charges or looking the other way and excusing these planned assaults on federal property, the rioters could be labeled as “insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists” and prosecuted accordingly — unless, of course, such treatment is only reserved for those on the right who supported the former president.