(UnitedVoice.com) – A massive caravan of hundreds of vehicles descended on downtown Portland in a show of support for President Trump in the wake of weeks of civil unrest in Oregon’s largest city.
Organized on Facebook, the “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally in Portland” convened at the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall parking lot at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 29, amid a slew of pro-Trump, American, and Gadsden flags.
A little past 5 p.m., a caravan of roughly 600 vehicles drove from the mall towards the center of town on Highway 99. The parade of cars exited onto the Morrison Bridge, where they connected to Interstate 5 and looped the downtown.
The first cars arrived at the bridge at about 6 p.m. A group of about a dozen protesters attempted to block their path, and a fight broke out between two people. However, the police quickly arrested both individuals.
“This Rally Isn’t a Protest”
Although Portland nightly protests have plagued Portland the last three months, the Trump 2020 Cruise Rally wasn’t planned as a counter-protest.
As Alex Kysik, one of the event organizers, told the crowd, it was “a celebration of a great president.” Participants of the event echoed that sentiment with Brandon Beck telling Oregon Public Broadcasting everyone was “just trying to have fun and stay safe.”
Joe Reminar said the event was “about freedom” and showing people that “Antifa doesn’t have a chokehold” on the city. Continuing, he explained their purpose was “showing strength” for President Trump for “keeping us free and saving our Second Amendment.”
The event ended a few minutes past 8 p.m., at which time Kyzik thanked participants on Facebook for showing their support for President Trump. He also reminded everyone to avoid the protesters in the downtown area, telling everyone to “stay safe and head home.”
Sadly, one person was shot and killed at around 8:45 p.m. near the corner of Alder Street and Southwest Third Avenue. However, it’s unclear whether the shooting involved members of the caravan.
It’s the third weekend in a row violent clashes occurred downtown. Perhaps it’s time for Portland’s Democratic mayor to take President Trump up on his offer to dispatch federal troops to end the protests.
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