Speaker at Far-Right Salem Rally Demands Democrat Leaders Be 'Shot Dead in the Streets'
Category: News & PoliticsVia: jbb • 2 weeks ago • 11 comments
By: Ewan Palmer (Newsweek)
Some think Democrats do not deserve freedom. I've heard it said we should not even be allowed to breathe the air or to walk the streets with other righteous rightwing (white) patriots like themselves. Heard it right here just the other day. And, that got a lot of thumbs up. Go figure...
Video has emerged showing a speaker at a rally in Salem, Oregon, urging that democratic leaders be "shot dead in the streets" for pushing a so-called "pedophile agenda" and being greeted with cheers and applause from the crowd.
The man, who has not been identified, is seen speaking at the Labor Day rally which was attended by supporters of President Donald Trump, members of far-right groups Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys, as well as believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory.
During the clip, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times on Twitter, the man is seen hitting out at those who called people "crazy" and "homophobic" for speaking out against what he referred to as the "LGBT agenda."
The speaker then appears to link the gay and trans community to child sex abuse.
"The god's honest truth is the pedophile agenda is being normalized, it is being pushed forward, and I think these Democrat leaders who allowed this to happen need to be shot dead in the streets."
"Democrats need to be shot dead" and other Q crap demonizing LGBTQ.
SALEM, OREGON pic.twitter.com/8WVhPtMXnG
— Cozca (@KohzKah) September 7, 2020
The rhetoric used by the speaker appears to support baseless claims pushed by QAnon proponents, who believe Trump is waging a secret war against high-profile Satan-worshipping pedophiles and cannibals and will one day start making arrests.
QAnon also has ties with the Pizzagate conspiracy, which falsely alleged influential Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, were connected to a child sex ring linked to a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C.
In December 2016, Pizzagate believer Edgar MaddisonWelch opened fire inside the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. after wrongly thinking it was being used to traffic and abuse children.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said the man calling for Democrats to be shot in the street is a direct result of the rhetoric used by Trump against left-wing protesters.
"When you're a Democrat, the media makes you have to answer for every broken window and thrown bottle by protesters, regardless of what they're protesting or where," Omar tweeted.
"But when actual GOP & Trump supporters, like the folks below, call & cheer for assassinating Democrats... silence.
"When the President said 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' this is the kind of rhetoric he's normalizing.
"And while Trump and his party own these threats, and the violence that comes with them, the worst part is they *know* they do. And they don't care."
Elsewhere, at least two people were arrested at the rally after violent clashes between far-right groups and opposing Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
Reuters reported that police originally stood by as the two opposing groups physically fought with each other outside the capitol building in Salem.
Police then tackled two people after they were seen repeatedly punching Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
Video posted on social media appears to show one suspected Proud Boys supporter hitting a man with a bat before another repeatedly punches him on the ground. A woman is seen spraying mace on the man's face as he lies on the floor.
Ty Parker, 53, of Durango, Colorado, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and first-degree intimidation, reported Oregon Live. Trenton Wolfskill, 37, of Eugene, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault. Both were later released.
The Salem Police Department have been contacted for comment.
Far-right protesters walk past the state capitol with long rifles during a rally on September 7, 2020 in Salem, Oregon. Video has emerged showing a speaker at the urging Democratic leaders be "shot dead in the street."Nathan Howard/Getty
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