Portland mayor to feds: Hey, let’s ban the First Amendment from Trump supporters

On Tuesday, the Washington Post (yeah, that Washington Post) reported that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler reached out to federal officials asking them to cancel upcoming rallies organized by conservative supporters of Donald Trump, effectively stripping them of their rights under the First Amendment.

According to the Post:

Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the federal government to revoke a permit authorizing a June 4 “Trump Free Speech Rally” in Portland’s downtown. He also called on the government to block a “March Against Sharia” that is scheduled for June 10 but has not received permits.

“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 in a Facebook post Monday.

He added that he had asked the organizers of the rallies, which he referred to as “alt-right demonstrations,” to cancel their events.

We took into consideration that this is the WaPo, so we looked around.  Sure enough, Wheeler actually did this.

As Twitchy noted, Wheeler’s “solution” is “extreme, stupid and won’t do a damn thing to keep these incidents from happening…”

Referring to one organizer as being part of the “alt-right,” Portland’s KATU said that Vancouver resident and video blogger Joey Gibson is organizing both rallies and invited Kyle Chapman, an online celebrity known as “Based Stickman,” to the June 4 rally. Chapman, KATU added, “was arrested at a Berkeley, California rally earlier this year on charges of suspected felony assault when he allegedly hit a left-wing protester in the head with a signpost.”

“Mayor Wheeler will not convince me to cancel the rally. I will not do that for several reasons,” Gibson said. “One reason is that if I cancel this rally and if we don’t have a permit, you’re talking about hundreds of people just showing up in the park with no leadership, no voice of reason, nothing.”

“If they pull our permits, we cannot kick out the white supremacists, we cannot kick out the Nazis,” he added.

“Our speakers aren’t going to be filled with any hate,” Gibson said. “I have nothing to do with Jeremy Christian, and I will not stand down. I will make sure that I get up there, and I will make sure that I speak and say my piece. Because the things that I say, the things that I preach goes against everything that Jeremy Christian would have said.”

Christian, the 35-year-old suspect, reportedly stabbed three people on the MAX last Friday.  Two of those attacked were killed and the third was seriously injured. According to witnesses, Christian verbally harassed two young women with an anti-Muslim rant. The three men who were attacked tried to come to the women’s aid and deescalate the situation.

Letfists have tried to paint Christian as a member of the alt-right in an apparent attempt to connect him to Donald Trump, but it turns out that Christian actually supported Bernie Sanders and had no use for Trump or Clinton.

One person posted some of Christian’s online messages, and they’re not exactly in support of Trump:

Now, Wheeler apparently wants to strip rally-goers of their First Amendment rights, wrongly thinking that will solve the problem.

A post at Hot Air puts it this way:

But what’s truly alarming about the Mayor’s unhinged and uninformed demands isn’t the obvious hypocrisy so much as the ignorance of basic facts about our democracy. This guy is an elected official in a major city? There have been far too many Democrats (mostly) who have been showing up lately and arguing that so-called “hate speech” isn’t protected under the Constitution. This idea is some of the worst sort of horse-hockey out there and has been repeatedly and thoroughly debunked by people like Eugene Volokh.

Even the liberal ACLU came to the defense of those organizing the rallies:



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