The right-wing wackos are coming back to Salem!
Well, judging from this notice, most never left our area, they've just been silently cooking up fresh conspiracy theories to keep their reality-denying minds firmly at home in Crazy Town.
Newsweek had a story about the rally yesterday, "Far-Right Patriot Prayer Plans Oregon Return Alongside GOP Rep. Mike Nearman."
The far-right group Patriot Prayer is planning a return to Salem, Oregon, in May to hold a gun rights event.
The rally is being promoted online by the group's leader Joey Gibson and is scheduled to take place on May 1 at Riverfront Park.
...Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman and Jo Rae Perkins, a prominent QAnon supporter who was the Republican Senate nominee in Oregon before losing to Democratic incumbent Jeff Merkley in November, are among those listed as attendees at the May 1 event.
Patriot Prayer, along with fellow extremist group Proud Boys, has held frequent rallies and demonstrations in Salem and Portland, Oregon, down the years.
On December 21, far-right demonstrators, including Patriot Prayer members, forced their way into the Oregon Capitol while protesting coronavirus restrictions in the state.
An investigation was launched into Rep. Nearman after surveillance footage showed him allowing extremists to gain entry to the Capitol building.
In January, Nearman was stripped of his committee responsibilities and told he must give 24 hours notice before coming to the Capitol building as part of a number of restrictions imposed on him over his role in the breach.
You'd think that given the problems Patriot Prayer members have caused in the past, the City of Salem would be reluctant to give a permit for the May 1 rally.
Apparently City officials still are allowing groups to use Salem parks as they wish without a permit, a controversial practice that's been in effect since the Covid pandemic struck last year.
And the Salem Police Department is being decidedly non-transparent about the rally. Here's a screenshot of the uninformative post about the event on the City of Salem Facebook page.
Ooh! A message for the Salem community. I could hardly wait to click on the link and see what sort of rally at Riverfront Park is expected Saturday.
This is what I learned.
The Salem Police Department is aware of a rally which is being advertised for Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. in Riverfront Park.
Wow, thanks for nothing, Salem Police Department. No mention of what sort of rally. No mention of who is sponsoring the rally. No mention of the right-winger/QAnon names headlining the rally.
Since this is a Second Amendment event, I'm guessing quite a few attendees will bring their assault rifles and dress up in their best militia costumes.
The forecast for Saturday is mostly sunny with a high of 63 degrees. Great day to take the kids to the park.
Or, it would be if the City of Salem wasn't allowing Patriot Prayer types free rein to do whatever they want in Riverfront Park at a gun rally that day.
Unfortunately, there's a pretty good chance that counter-protesters also will show up on Saturday, which could make the situation even worse.
I'm all for free speech. What I'm not for is City officials using a lame Covid excuse to justify allowing any and all groups to use Salem's parks as they wish with no permit required.