He brought an American flag to protest fascism in Portland. Then antifa attacked him

Paul Welch came to the downtown protest Aug. 4 to let his political leanings be known.

With pride he clutched his U.S. flag as he moved among the crowd of like-thinking demonstrators.

Soon a group of black-clad anti-fascist protesters, also known as antifa, demanded he lose the flag, calling it a fascist symbol. Welch refused, and a tug-of-war ensued.

It ended with Welch taking a club to the back of the head, lying on the ground in a pool of his own blood.

Only Welch was not a Proud Boy, a Patriot Prayer supporter or among the other conservative activists who descended into the area that day, many from out of town.

He was one of hundreds of progressive Portlanders who had turned out to oppose the right-wing rally held at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Many have assumed the tussle over a U.S. flag placed Welch squarely in the right-wing camp.

Not so.

“I had felt like showing that a liberal, free Portland — or any major city, really — is much more American and much more numerous and strong than any of these interloping groups,” he said.

A “slightly progressive leftist” by his telling, Welch is a registered Democrat in Oregon, voting records show. He cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary and Hillary Clinton in the general election, he said.


*Deep breath*


The Anti-fascists beat an actual Democratic Socialist bloody because they thought he was a right winger.

The Pacific North-West has turned into the Eastern Front.

I feel the same way about Antifa and Bernie-bros as I do about ISIS and the Syrian Army.  Let them fight until the last two die choking each other to death.


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By J. Kb

3 thoughts on “The Battle of Portlandgrad”
  1. Oh great. Now it’s gonna be forever before I can read one of your posts without hearing Bender’s voice.

    (It were the “deep breath” that done it, which is especially ironic if you think about it…)

  2. He was to *their* right, politically.

    I think the reality is he thought it was better optics for someone on the left to be waving the flag. What he didn’t understand was that the things the right-wingers have said about ANTIFA are, if anything, an understatement.

    He went expecting to make a PR coup. Which he did, but not the one he wanted.

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