48-yr-old Marine veteran Gabriel Johnson says the Portland protestors are “terrorists” and that Portland’s Black leaders need to step up and lead.”
“These people have nothing to do with Black lives. Our Black community leaders need to stand up and lead because what’s happening is they’re letting a group of terrorists that don’t represent me use me, and that’s not right.”
Johnson lives only a block from the Portland Courthouse which has been the central point of mass protests and violence these past couple of months. After so many nights of unrest, Johnson said he needed to do something.
He took to the streets waving high an American flag, which swiftly garnered hateful responses from members of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, which Johnson argues have become unified.
“I was being called the N-word by Black people. People were chasing me around with baseball bats.”
Johnson recounted to Fox News that he watched a 65-yr-old black veteran try to extinguish Johnson’s flag after protesters lit it ablaze.
“He said, ‘there’s no way you’re gonna burn this flag.’
The patriot’s actions resulted in him getting punched by protestors who took his flag and threw it over a fence.
Johnson criticized the local authorities for not responding more efficiently.
“The lack of police response, city response, response from our mayor has just given free rein to holy hell to take place at that 11 o’clock hour to 3 in the morning.”
Johnson also spoke about President Trump’s initiative to send Federal agents into cities like Portland, Chicago, and other cities facing mass unrest.
“In absence of the local police what do we expect? If we as a city aren’t going to police ourselves, then we should expect someone to come in and police for us…I look at everything from a patriot’s point of view. I’ve spent a lot of time fighting for our country. And so my belief in and my patriotism for this country is unmeasured … I fought for this country and this is not what I fought for.”