A host for far-left news show Democracy Now! did her darnedest to get Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a staunch Democrat, to condemn the “death squad-style assassination by U.S. marshals” of Michael Reinoehl — a self-proclaimed “100% Antifa” militant who gunned down a pro-cop activist last summer after a Portland rally in support of then-President Donald Trump.
But for some reason Brown didn’t take Amy Goodman’s bait.
What are the details?
As part of a larger interview Friday, Goodman asked Brown to talk about Portland’s “hundred-day protest … against … racism and police brutality that culminated in a death squad-style assassination by U.S. marshals of the anti-fascist activist Michael Reinoehl.”
Brown was happy to talk about a number of things: how much she despised the Trump administration’s actions, her support of peaceful protests, her efforts to get rid of racism — just not about what happened to Reinoehl.
“The actions of the Trump administration were abysmal and absolutely abhorrent in this state,” the governor responded. “And we worked with our local law enforcement to eradicate these forces from our state. We want to make sure that Oregonians can continue to peacefully protest, to uphold those voices that ask for change. And we will continue to support those efforts to eradicate racism from our institutions, from our structures and from our systems.”
Goodman — perhaps expecting a direct, supportive reply from Brown — pressed the governor.
“And do you condemn that death squad-style assassination of this man?” Goodman asked. “And have you called for an investigation?”
But Brown didn’t give her what she wanted.
“Look, what happened last summer was abhorrent,” the governor answered, again stopping short of addressing Reinoehl. “We are continuing to work to hold federal officials accountable. I expect you will see changes in leadership of local federal officials here in the state of Oregon. That is appropriate. And we are glad to be rid of Donald Trump’s corruption, chaos, and, frankly, incompetent governance.”
What’s the background?
Reinoehl — a self-proclaimed “100% Antifa” militant — fatally shot pro-police activist and Patriot Prayer supporter Aaron “Jay” Danielson in an apparent ambush Aug. 29 after a Portland pro-Trump rally that attracted a heavy Antifa presence.
While the likes of then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden floated the possibility that Danielson was killed because his fellow Trump supporters were “inciting responses,” the Multnomah County district attorney’s office released unsealed court documents suggesting Reinoehl targeted Danielson before shots were fired.
Reinoehl said he believed he killed Danielson in self-defense because he and his friend were about to be attacked.
Law enforcement agents fatally shot Reinoehl on Sept. 3 after they said he pulled a gun when they came to arrest him in Washington state.
Immediately after Danielson was killed, a group of Antifa militants celebrated his death in the street.
“And tonight I just got word, the person who died was a Patriot Prayer person,” one woman said to the black-clad crowd. “He was a f***ing Nazi. Our community held its own and took out the trash. I’m not going to shed any tears over a Nazi.”
She added, “If ya’ll are not angry, you’re not paying attention. If ya’ll are not angry, you’re not with me! Everybody needs to realize what’s going on in the community. Our community can hold its own without the police. We can take out the trash on our own. I am not sad that a f***ing fascist died tonight!”