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Trump's federal response has been uneven

Debra Saunders on

WASHINGTON -- What happens when the left gets political power? In cities like Portland, Oregon, despite the coronavirus, anarchists stage mass protests that turn violent.

Amazingly, CNN and other national news outlets think that this lawless behavior is not only acceptable but laudable. They produce fawning coverage of the so-called mostly peaceful protests.

Consider "Wall of Moms" -- a group of mostly white mothers who wear yellow and orange shirts and march ahead of protesters in Portland. Their name evokes the muffled cries of George Floyd for his "momma" as a white Minneapolis police officer kept his knee on the 46-year-old African American's neck in May. It was Floyd's killing that prompted the Portland protests.

But two wrongs don't make a right.

Rolling Stone described the feisty moms' goal as "attempting to shield younger, edgier protesters from law enforcement violence." For some reason, my profession loves to portray anti-police protesters as benign activists innocently going about their business only to be stopped by mean-spirited authorities.

But the moms can't be that stupid. It tells you everything you need to know that the moms march starting at 9 p.m. and go into the night -- when the anarchists and thugs have free rein -- and where have they gone? To the already trashed Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse.

 

The matrons ostensibly just want to protect the little cubs, who somehow weren't stopped from torching the Portland Police Association earlier in the month and leaving a swath of obscene graffiti and broken glass in their wake.

It's too bad the moms saw no reason to shield local merchants who have shuttered their businesses and may just be run out of business.

Portland businessman Alex Hofburg told KPTV he was closing shop. "I've paid millions of dollars in taxes over the 30 years that Watchworks has existed there and I am fed up with not being given the same protections that people who pay no taxes are getting."

What happens when the right gets power? President Donald Trump sends federal agents to guard Portland's federal courthouse, even as Oregon's governor and Portland's mayor tell him not to.

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