The Republican Party of Multnomah County, Oregon has elected to allow local right-wing militias to run security for them at events, as per the Portland Mercury newspaper.
According to documents leaked to the Mercury, the Multnomah County Republicans voted Monday to allow the Oregon Three Percenters and Oath Keepers to “provide security services” for the party.
As the report noted, the fact that the Multnomah Republicans were weighing the option to have the anti-government Three Percenters do security for them was fairly-well-known. In the wake of the Portland MAX stabbings, they made the news again — this time for one of their members allegedly helping police arrest a protester at a pro-Donald Trump rally in Portland that is being investigated by the Justice Department.
The Multnomah Republicans cited partisan threats from left-wing protesters as the reason for needing security in the first place.
“The volunteers are afraid of going to Portland street fairs and Portland events because of what happened to them,” party chairman James Buchal told the Mercury. Buchal claimed that militia security is “the only recourse” from threats like those sent in an anonymous email that led to the cancellation of an April parade after neo-Nazi groups allegedly teamed up with the party.
This is far from the first time Oregon militias have been the subject of headlines. Last year, militia members led by known right-wing brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge for 41 days, and many people associated with the standoff have since been prosecuted.