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Rental car agents are way too friendly in Portland, Oregon, but they mean it. They are happy to see visitors and accommodating with a sincere niceness that seems almost Canadian.
The far-right groups Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys will converge on Portland in a matter of days, but Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson and his followers were apparently unable to wait until this weekend to harass the city’s residents and provoke left-wing activists.
On Saturday, August 4, the far-right group Patriot Prayer is holding a “Freedom March” in Portland, Oregon, to support the candidacy of the group’s founder, Joey Gibson, who is seeking a U.S. Senate seat in Washington state.
Since early last year, the far-right groups Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys have held more than a dozen rallies throughout the Pacific Northwest under the banner of “freedom” — and with talk of bringing weapons and declarations that “this is war,” members are threatening to make next weekend’s march the most combustible yet.
On Sunday evening, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joey Gibson — who has long insisted that his Patriot Prayer organization’s rallies are simply a celebration of “freedom and God” — dropped the pretense: they were ready to fight.