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Last night, protesters were gathering in a Portland park to prepare for a march against police violence when an irate local man reportedly emerged from a nearby house with a gun; according to witnesses on the scene, he got into a confrontation with several of the protesters before opening fire on the group, killing one woman. One of the protesters reportedly fired back, injuring the shooter. Four others were wounded.
The police and some in the press are presenting this as just the tragic escalation of an argument between protesters and a “local homeowner” over protesters blocking traffic. But this statement from one of the alleged victims, reposted by a friend on Twitter, paints a rather different story.
Naturally, a number of those on the far right are doing their best to muddy the waters and not-so-subtly suggest that “antifa terrorists” were the ones responsible for the shootings.
The Daily Stormer declared in a headline that “Blacks Do Mass Shooting at Protest Against Police Killing a Black Guy.” This seems to be a complete fabrication on Andrew Anglin’s part; the race of the shooter hasn’t been reported anywhere and even if he were black, he would hardly represent “blacks” collectively.
The Gateway Pundit, somewhat more subtly, declared in a headline: “One Woman Killed, Five Others Injured in Mass Shooting Involving Portland Antifa,” making it (deliberately?) unclear as to who was responsible for the death and injuries; most of the Gateway Pundit’s readers, hearing that “Antifa” had been “involved” in a shooting in Portland no doubt assumed this meant they were the killers. While the story itself made no such claim directly, it did cast more aspersions on the protesters, describing them as “armed Antifa terrorists.”
Meanwhile, “journalist”/ideologue Andy Ngo used similarly misleading wording in his tweets on the subject:
(I’ve clipped out the portion of the tweet containing a graphic photo of some of the victims lying on the ground after the shooting.)
On Twitter, some on the far right have simply started asserting that “Antifa” is responsible for the shootings. Some don’t quite state this outright, but come awfully close.
Other have simply been making up their own versions of events:
(I clipped off a screenshot attached to this tweet that seemed to be spreading an unfounded rumor possibly started by trolls.)
I think we’re watching the birth of what will become the standard right-wing version of events in Portland. Who needs facts when you’ve got a narrative? Just wait until Tucker Carlson gets hold of it.