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Members of the Proud Boys shake hands during a August 2019 rally in Portland. KAREN DUCEY / GETTY IMAGES
The Proud Boys, a national far-right organization rooted in white nationalism and male chauvinism, is visiting Portland this weekend.
The group has planned a noon rally at Portland's Delta Park, where attendees from across the country plan to "take back" Portland from the grips of several villains, including (but not limited to) Black Lives Matter protesters, antifascist activists, Mayor Ted Wheeler, and District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
The dramatic rhetoric surrounding this rally comes straight from Tucker Carlson's soundbites, with organizers accusing Wheeler of allowing "domestic terrorists" to besiege his city. In a press release, the Proud Boys said they were protesting on behalf of Jay Danielson, the man who was shot and killed during a pro-Trump rally in Portland, along with other "victims" of Wheeler's leadership, including Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The press statement goes on to suggest that the two police officers shot in Louisville during a Wednesday protest were "emboldened by Wheeler's inaction in Portland."
While the group says they intend on having a "peaceful" demonstration, it's clear they're preparing for a fight.
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