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Abolish ICE Activists Bring Makeshift Guillotine to Protest, Depict Trump Beheading

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The “tolerance” and “civility” of the radical left has once again been exposed as a sham.

During a rally last week in Portland, Oregon, a group with anarchist leanings protested Immigration and Customs Enforcement with a very edgy demonstration: They chopped off Donald Trump’s head.

Not literally, of course. While the real president was secure, the “Abolish ICE PDX” group put on a grotesque show with an effigy of Trump.

According to photos and videos collected by FarLeftWatch, the anti-border anarchists recreated a famous scene from the bloody French revolution by pretending to decapitate the president with a guillotine.

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“[T]his theme of wishing to publicly execute ideological opponents borrows from the French Revolution and is alarmingly prevalent in far-left circles,” FarLeftWatch group noted in a September report.

Check out a video of last week’s event here. (Note: The Trump figure is actually a pinata filled with candy, but the scene is still disturbing.)

If there was any doubt that the leftist group had radical intentions, a sign painted in red resembling blood made its views clear. “Brick by brick, wall by wall, we will make the border fall,” it declared. The popular anarchist symbol of a circled red “A” accompanied the message.

It’s one thing to be concerned about how ICE operates or want to help refugees who are fleeing other countries. It’s something else entirely to boast about destroying the entire border, leaving the country open to anybody who decides to walk in … no matter their background.

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“Supporters of the anarchist group stood by the side of the road and chanted, ‘Abolish ICE!’ as a song titled ‘The Guillotine’ by a group named ‘The Coup’ played in the background as organizers staged the mock execution,” Breitbart News reported about the disturbing demonstration.

Shouts such as “off with his head!” could be heard on the live video of the protest, as demonstrators carried out their “execution” of the Trump effigy.

The scene purposely made reference to the Reign of Terror, the period of the French revolution that occurred in the late 1700s. Unlike America’s revolution, which was based on a foundation of respect for the individual and a constrained government, the more radical revolution in France resulted in chaos.

As the leftists of that time worked to eliminate — that is, murder — anyone deemed unsatisfactory for the flawed ideal of a French paradise, thousands of people were rounded up and beheaded by guillotine with almost no due process.

“During the Reign of Terror, at least 300,000 suspects were arrested; 17,000 were officially executed, and perhaps 10,000 died in prison or without trial,” explained Encyclopedia Britannica. 

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The irony of liberals protesting what they mistakenly believe to be wrongful detentions along the border by celebrating a historical event that falsely imprisoned and killed thousands was apparently lost on the reveling protesters in Oregon.

It isn’t the first time leftists have made veiled threats about beheading the president. Most famously, failed comedian Kathy Griffin was widely shunned after she staged a photo shoot that depicted her holding a decapitated Trump’s head, terrorist-style.

An art gallery has more recently received attention for showing a graphic image of the president having his throat sliced, while shirts depicting Trump hanging from a noose are now being offered by a liberal group.

Where is the line between the freedom to publicly demonstrate, and criminal threats against the president of the United States? The point where demonstrating becomes something much more ominous is hard to define, but using an infamous execution device to chop of an effigy’s head must be close.

Perhaps it’s time for the Secret Service to pay these radicals a visit, if for no other reason than to determine just how extremist and serious they are about their violent vision for America.

Scenes like this mock beheading are worth remembering the next time the media acts as if conservatives are exaggerating what is happening in the country … or when someone suggests that voices on the right are somehow the extremists.

Radical demonstrations like this seem to be increasingly common, making it clear that liberal calls for “tolerance” are nothing but a smoke screen. Once again, the true intentions of liberals — at least certain radical elements — have been exposed.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.