As Americans Decry Federal Occupation of Portland, Bill Barr Doubles Down

Across the nation, conservative Americans are fuming.  They have watched federal forces arrive in cities such as Portland and Seattle, operating badge-less, and snatching away their fellow countrymen in unmarked vehicles.

This is the sort of secret-police-meets-martial-law stuff that the fringe conspiracy nuts have been warning us about forever, and it goes against every grain of American salt we still have.

When the Second Amendment supporters explain that assault rifles are covered by the almighty Constitution on account of the fact that they may have to square off against federal troops – this is almost precisely what they were talking about.

And, despite the fact that a growing number of patriotic Americans are lambasting this governmental overreach, Attorney General Bill Barr appears to be doubling down.

Attorney General William Barr plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee that the violent unrest in Portland is “an assault on the Government of the United States,” according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by CBS News. In the remarks, Barr also accuses Democratic members of the House Judiciary committee of trying to “discredit” him.

“To state what should be obvious, peaceful protesters do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars, or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under statutes enacted by this Congress,” Barr says.

Barr will appear in front of the committee on Tuesday for an oversight hearing. In his opening remarks, he discusses the unrest that has followed George Floyd’s death — but while he acknowledges that “every instance of excessive force is unacceptable and must be addressed,” he decries calls to defund the police, saying “the demonization of police is not only unfair and inconsistent with the principle that all people should be treated as individuals, but gravely injurious to our inner city communities.”

The federal occupation of Portland could also spell trouble for the Trump reelection efforts, as many within the GOP still carry Libertarian beliefs and an allegiance to the Tea Party Patriot movement.