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Nadler Seems To Think Antifa Violence in Portland Is Fake News

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In a new video clip, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York rejected the concept of antifa activity in Portland, Oregon, where rioting hit its 60th day Sunday night.

Nadler was approached by writer Austen Fletcher, who asked Nadler about violence rocking the country and specifically devastating Portland.

“Do you disavow the violence from antifa that’s happening in Portland right now?” Fletcher asked Nadler in the clip.

“That’s a myth that’s being spread only in Washington, D.C.,” Nadler responded. He did not offer another word of comment as he was being escorted into his car.

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Nadler has previously claimed antifa does not really exist, according to Fox News. In June, he said House Republicans had ventured into the realm of fake news when debating a police reform bill.

“They couldn’t utter the phrase ‘black lives matter’ and could barely [broach] the subject of police reform,” Nadler said. “Instead, their amendments … were errant nonsense, off-topic, dealing with imaginary things like antifa and completely negating the entire purpose of the bill.”

Are liberals in total denial about the unrest they have created?

Antifa is not imaginary to E.D. Mondaine, who is the president of the NAACP in Portland and can hardly be ranked as a GOP conservative. He recently mentioned the group in an Op-Ed in The Washington Post.

“Unfortunately, ‘spectacle’ is now the best way to describe Portland’s protests,” he wrote. “Vandalizing government buildings and hurling projectiles at law enforcement draw attention — but how do these actions stop police from killing black people? What are antifa and other leftist agitators achieving for the cause of black equality?”

Nadler’s recent comments on antifa earned him scorn on Twitter.

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Portland businesswoman Susan Landa, who said she would support shifting funds from the police and backs peaceful protests, said many rioters taking the streets in Portland appeared to her to be “vandals” and young adults “taking out rage because of the pandemic,” according to The New York Times.

“Most of downtown is boarded up. We don’t feel safe enough to open up. It’s killing our businesses,” said Landa, who has operated a business in Portland for 31 years.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has said his Senate committee will hold a hearing on the activities of antifa in Portland.

“Americans have a constitutional right to gather, protest, and otherwise have their voices heard, but they must do so peacefully. Antifa is fundamentally against free-speech and is using peaceful protests as a cover and an excuse to engage in violence and other criminal actions,” Cruz said in a statement on his website.

“We are seeing this most clearly in Portland right now, as criminals are trying to burn down the federal courthouse. The hearing will highlight how antifa and other anarchists are hijacking peaceful protests and engaging in political violence that is not only criminal, but antithetical to the First Amendment.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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