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GOP leader defending far-right leader in legal fight over Portland riot

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Ties between the Republican Party and far-right extremists continue to increase in Oregon.

In June, Republican legislators fled the state as right-wing militia groups pushed for an armed stand-off. Now, the GOP chair of the state’s largest county is defending a notorious extremist accused of inciting violence.

“The chair of the Multnomah County Republican Party has agreed to defend Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson in a $1 million civil lawsuit, adding another tie between Gibson’s far-right group and the mainstream GOP,” Willamette Week reported Friday. “The owner of Portland ciderey and pub Cider Riot sued Gibson after his followers showed up at the business May 1 seeking a confrontation with antifascist demonstrators. Fights broke out and were captured on film outside the bar.”

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“Gibson’s Patriot Prayer stages protests that often devolve into brawls. The group has close ties to the Proud Boys, a collection of men who call themselves ‘western chauvinists’ and has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center,” the report explained. “The Proud Boys have drawn closer to the mainline GOP in the past two years.”

The report noted “Buchal has made headlines in the past for affiliating the party chapter with fringe groups on the far-right. In 2017, he agreed to allow paramilitary organizations like the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters provide security at GOP events in Portland.”

Gibson was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018.


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‘We’re in deep trouble’: FBI veterans fear Trump’s attacks will lead to violence against agents

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Law enforcement veterans fear President Donald Trump's frequent attacks on them are putting investigators in physical danger.

The president regularly attacks the FBI and other investigators at his campaign rallies -- where he calls them "human scum" -- and on his Twitter feed, where he regularly accuses them of treason, reported the Washington Post.

Those crude attacks have consequences, said one former FBI agent.

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‘Dems wanted out!’ Trump brags after GOP ‘warriors’ drag out impeachment to 14-hour marathon

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President Donald Trump gloated hours ahead of a House vote on impeachment.

The president tweeted out praise for the Republican "warriors" who pounded the table and disrupted Thursday's marathon hearing, which lasted about 14 hours, and insisted Democrats had no case to impeach him over his actions toward Ukraine.

"The Republicans House members were fantastic yesterday," Trump tweeted. "It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see. Dems had no answers and wanted out!"

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The GOP’s top excuses for Trump’s behavior are all BS: Conservative commentator

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In a column for the Daily Beast, conservative Matt Lewis ripped into Republicans and conservatives alike for their "bullsh*t" defenses of Donald Trump as he faces impeachment.

On the day after the GOP argued and disrupted the House Judiciary Committee -- dragging it out to 14-hours -- Lewis expressed his disgust at their tactics and called out five of what he called their most "pernicious" lies.

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