PORTLAND: Good luck with your ANTIFA future

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Imagine being mayor of a city where you have to kowtow to the Antifa constituency. That is a new low. Welcome to Portland, or New Stalingrad as it may eventually have to rename itself. Portland's actual nickname is "Stumptown," which is very appropriate since charred stumps is all that's going to be left of it if Antifa and BLM are allowed to continue running riot in their streets.

How pathetic is it that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler would rather move out of his luxury condo than do anything to get the thugs in ninja pajamas to stop terrorizing him and his city? And the thing is, Mayor Ted has even less excuse than most mayors for not doing anything, because he is also Portland's Police Commissioner. How do you get to be both Mayor and Police Commissioner at the same time? Easy – you give yourself the job.

Portland has an unusual form of government where its city council members manage all the city's bureaus. And who gets to decide which bureaus get assigned to the council members? The Mayor. So, after Wheeler was elected Mayor of Portland in 2016, he put himself in charge of the Police, the Office of Equity and Human Rights, Emergency Management, the Budget Office, Office of Management & Finance, the Portland Development Commission, and the Housing Bureau (that one must come in very handy now that Antifa has forced him out of his condo).

I feel bad for any sane citizens of Portland, if there are any left. It's bad enough that they have to deal with a do-nothing Mayor/Police Commissioner while gangs set buildings on fire with people inside. Imagine how bad it could get if the "Antifa" candidate defeats Wheeler in the November election. Okay, there's not an official Antifa candidate, because remember, Antifa's supposedly not even any kind of official organization. But there is a very pro-Antifa candidate named Sarah [Eye-Anna-Roan] Iannarone who came in second in the May primary with 24% of the vote. That put her in the runoff in November against Ted Wheeler.

Sarah Iannarone is a longtime community organizer – hmm, where have we heard that before? Last year, she tweeted:

"To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa. I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more."

In July, she tweeted:

"The cops are the violent agitators, full stop."

Last December, Playboy magazine interviewed her and her campaign manager with the headline " Antifa in Focus." In the interview she says:

"I feel a responsibility to change the public discourse around antifascism, absolutely. Because this problem exists within the system, it's important we use radical tactics…"

Her platform states one of her goals is:

"destigmatizing antifascism and clearly demonstrating that the people of Portland wish to stand up to the rise of fascism and white nationalism… The demonization of antifascism is dangerous for democracy."

Here she is in an interview just last month on Portland's NBC affiliate…

So, the answer is no, she won't denounce the violence. In fact, she says it might not be enough and there you have it, setting buildings on fire with people inside them is now just "part of the healthy democratic process."

But you see, Portland is just so overrun by fascists, they have to confront them. Right. Portland is just right there on the verge of becoming The Handmaid's Tale.

There were 15 homicides in July in Portland – the deadliest month in Portland in 30 years. If you play with fire, you might get burned. Portland's government can't handle the chaos as it is — just imagine how much worse it will be if the ultimate Antifa fan-girl becomes Mayor.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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