Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has called on the federal government to revoke a previously issued permit for a June 4 alt-right rally planned in his city.
Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, is apparently unaware of the First Amendment's protection of all political speech - including "hate speech" - as he is calling on the federal government to revoke the event permits of two rallies that will be held on a plaza adjacent to the federal building there.
Wheeler's comments come days after a man on a Portland train shouted racial and religious hate speech, some of it directed at two women, police say. Police said the men were trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Musllim slurs at two young women - one of whom was wearing a hijab - on the train. He was seen holding a baseball bat to go after left-wing counter protesters. The attacks occurred hours before the start of Ramadan, a month-long Muslim holy period of fasting, prayer and charity. The federal government has not yet issued a permit for a June 10 event.
"I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland", Wheeler wrote.
Wheeler said he appreciated the president's words, but that he is afraid participants in Saturday's rally may be "coming to peddle a message of hatred".
"I know these lines are perceived as pretty fuzzy when we're dealing with constitutional First Amendment rights", Hastings told The Washington Post.
Christian "attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a "March for Free Speech" in East Portland", member station OPB reports.
A Facebook page for the Sunday event stated there would be speakers and live music in "one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast". Gibson also distanced his group from the train-killings suspect, Christian.
So a rally created to promote something positive (supporting the President) rather than marching against something is what has the mayor anxious about "hate speech" this week. "We want to really show that we're the majority". He "is using this as an opportunity to use these two dead people to silence us", Gibson said.
Christian is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. Gibson has already gotten the necessary permit for his June 4 event (scheduled just 10 days after the horrific and deadly train stabbing), and he claims that if the City of Portland refuses to issue additionally necessary permits, his event could end up being more risky than it would otherwise have been. It is also possible that Christian will face federal hate crime charges due to his alleged hate speech in the moments leading up to the attack.
"The names of those three men: Rick, Taliesin and Micah, they will be up there with the greats". They will serve to inspire us to be the loving, courageous people we are meant to be.
These rallies have turned into fight club-style events between the radical left and the alt-right, and the mayor says that's the last thing Portland needs. "I'm a libertarian. I'm not right wing, I'm for gay marriage, I'm against the drug wars".
The permit, Gibson said, will also help keep the demonstration peaceful. "You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism".
In response, a tweet from the ACLU of OR read, "The government can not revoke OR deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators". What Wheeler seems to have forgotten (assuming he ever knew) is that we don't have protections for free speech because the founders were anxious about citizens being punished for saying popular things. That is a core, fundamental freedom of the United States.