Joe Hall is a disabled former Marine and handyman from Portland, Oregon. He mistakenly drove his truck (which had Marine and Trump stickers on it) too close to an Antifa march. He was surrounded by armed Antifa thugs carrying AR-15 and AK-style rifles. They began banging on his truck, calling him a racist and fascist, and pointing guns at him. Scared for his life, he showed his pistol to try to warn them away, but he was jumped and brutally beaten. He’s still in the hospital with serious injuries, but when he finally recovers, he says he’s leaving Portland for good.
When pressed on why militant thugs openly carrying guns are allowed to run the streets of Portland, assaulting citizens at will, Mayor Ted Wheeler evaded the question, saying he didn’t know if they had a parade permit, as if that’s the major concern here. His police department was equally evasive.
That’s actually weaker than a few weeks ago, when Wheeler “got tough” with Antifa by saying this:
“They want to burn. They want to bash, like they did to the nonprofit Boys and Girls Club in Northeast. Really, they want to intimidate. They want to assault…If BLM leaders can show the courage to stand up to this mob, then we all should … Make a stand and take our city back.”
Memo to Ted Wheeler: It’s not the job of the citizens to stand up to armed, violent thugs and take the city back. You’re the Mayor. That’s a job for you and your police department. In fact, it was your job to keep them from taking over the city in the first place. Did you seriously not know this when you ran for the office?