How Portland’s Protests Drifted into ‘Dangerous Territory’
“When terror is seen as justified, I think it’s inevitable that something terrible is going to happen,” journalist Nancy Rommelmann told Nick Gillespie last week about the Portland protests she’s been covering for Reason. (Watch excerpts above, or listen to the full-length podcast interview.)
Her pessimism proved prescient: A man was shot and killed in Portland on Saturday, August 29, during a showdown between Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump supporters. This follows the killing of two men and the wounding of a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin during protests of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Things seem to be intensifying in the nation’s capital as well, with D.C. protesters intimidating Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) while walking away from Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention, demanding that diners raise fists in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and displaying a guillotine outside Amazon founder Jeff Bezo’s Washington residence.
Rommelmann explains how the protests in Portland, which have already lead to the burning and vandalizing of municipal and federal buildings and many businesses, are fanning out into residential neighborhoods, with demonstrators shining lights into houses in the early-morning hours and demand
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