At least one top Republican official is using hate rallies to recruit young members to the GOP, according to a new Guardian report.
A number of demonstrations took place in Portland, Oregon, this past weekend, including a “free speech” rally by members of the so-called “alt-right” neo-Nazi movement.
The event came at a time when racial tensions were already high in the city in the wake of the fatal stabbings of two men, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, who were allegedly killed by known white supremacist, Jeremy Christian, for trying to stop him from verbally abusing two young women on a light-rail train, one of whom was wearing a hijab.
Amidst the unrest, however, James Buchal, chair of the Multnomah County Republican party, found the opportunity to encourage participants of the “alt-right” rally to join the GOP.
While it’s alarming that a top Republican official is openly using white supremacist rhetoric to recruit members from a movement notorious for its white supremacist ideology, it’s not surprising.
A couple of days before the rally, Buchal made headlines for suggesting right-wing militias should be allowed to protect members of the GOP when they are in “the public square.”
Buchal’s choice of right-wing militia protectors included Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters, both of which are widely considered part of an anti-government white supremacist movement.
The suggestion to employ these militia forces was, rightfully, criticized, considering it came only a few days after the Portland attack.
Btw, county GOP chair James Buchal suggested hiring these white power groups as private security. pic.twitter.com/rfMwP4xdmy— Albert Hur (@AlbertHur888) June 3, 2017
Hmm.— CeeLee (@CeeLeeMusic) May 30, 2017
So Portland Republican James Buchal wants to hire White Supremacists to stop White Supremacists from killing people.
Seems fair. https://t.co/C5u7Eegle6