Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) pointed out the difference between the groups of “antifascists” in Hong Kong and Portland, Oregon.
Crenshaw proclaimed that the anti-fascist protesters in Hong Kong “demand freedom and actually fight fascists” while Antifa “demand violence in the name of socialism.”
He also said that what happened in the city was “a sad showing of where we are today” and facetiously backed the idea of “buy[ing] Greenland.”
“In Hong Kong, antifascists wave American flags, demand freedom and actually fight fascists. In Portland, ‘antifascists’ burn American flags, demand violence in the name of socialism,” wrote the Texas Republican. “Portland is a sad showing of where we are today. All around. Also yes obviously buy Greenland.”
In Hong Kong, antifascists wave American flags, demand freedom and actually fight fascists.
In Portland, “antifascists” burn American flags, demand violence in the name of socialism.
Portland is a sad showing of where we are today. All around.
Also yes obviously buy Greenland
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 17, 2019
Crenshaw’s tweet came as Antifa protesters gathered in the Rose City violently clashed with the far-right, neofascist group The Proud Boys.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D-Ore.) praised the event as “largely peaceful” with only thirteen people arrested during the protests and at least six people injured.
Wheeler had previously come under fire after a previous Antifa protest in his city resulted in conservative journalist Andy Ngo being beaten and reportedly having a milkshake filled with concrete thrown at his head.
The Portland mayor said that he “wasn’t even here” as he had been out of the country on a “wildlife tour” in Ecuador with his family, as IJR Red previously reported.
“The truth is, I wasn’t even here,” said Wheeler. “I wasn’t even in the United States. I was with my family in Ecuador on a wildlife tour.”
On Wednesday, days ahead of the protests, Wheeler said that the city does not “tolerate any act of violence” and that the Portland police department was “investigating” Ngo’s attack.
“We don’t tolerate any act of violence, not that act of violence or any other,” said Wheeler. “The police are investigating and they are following up on leads.”