Use code TPM for up to 66% off at MyPillow.com

ADVERTISEMENT

Oregon governor's chief of staff who joined Biden transition team showed support for rioters, emails reveal

Newly-released emails from public records requests by the Portland Business Journal reveal that the Oregon governor’s former chief of staff who recently joined the Biden transition team showed support for violent Portland rioters.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Newly-released emails from public records requests by the Portland Business Journal reveal that the Oregon governor’s former chief of staff who recently joined the Biden transition team showed support for violent Portland rioters.

“We all want the violence to end, but honestly, their point that violence against them has been going on for a very long period of time rings very true, and real actions to change that needs to happen,” wrote Gov. Kate Brown’s then-chief of staff Nik Blosser in an email exchange with Portland real estate businessman Jim Mark on Sept. 2.

Mark contacted the governor’s office to ask that they unequivocally condemn the violent riots and to take action to revive Portland’s dying businesses. In response, Blosser wrote: “I’d like to see your support for real change for people be as public as your concern about the property damage.”

But Mark fired back: “They have destroyed minority owned businesses while [the] government, other than the Mayor, have said nothing … This is not going to solve [the] equality issue, destroying the City of Portland. Very poor response and does not address the violence or destruction.”

Nik Blosser is married to Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury

Since the email exchange in September, Mark and others in Portland’s business community have formed a new group to represent their collective voice. The Rose City Downtown Collective announced its formation and published an open letter to the city signed by nearly 300 members on Wednesday.

“The pandemic has forced many of our great restaurants, local retailers, and local businesses to shutter, stay closed, and even relocate,” reads the letter. “The repercussions left by COVID 19 paired with over five months of nightly vandalism will affect business and life downtown for years to come.”

The coalition states that it wants to support and promote cleanups in downtown by connecting businesses with resources and setting up a system to report graffiti.

Blosser’s view that anti-police riots are legitimate have been echoed by other Democrat politicians both local and nationwide. Shortly before Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt took office in August, he told Willamette Week: “I think that when you look historically at this nation, it's during these protests when we've gotten some of the changes that we are proudest of in our nation's history. And sometimes it took some property damage.”

The overwhelming majority of suspects arrested at riots in Portland have had their charges dropped by Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt

Schmidt has been criticized for dropping around 90 percent of cases against the nearly 1,000 people arrested at violent protests and riots this year in Portland.

Nightly riots by Black Lives Matter and Antifa extremists broke out in Portland at the end of May just as businesses were opening up following state-imposed restrictions in response to COVID-19. But the city and state have struggled to end the arson and vandalism, which have targeted public and private property alike. Many of downtown Portland’s flagship businesses still remain closed and boarded-up more than half a year later.

And since Election Day, far-left rioters have focused their vandalism on small and corporate businesses across the city. On Nov. 4, more than a hundred Antifa black bloc militants destroyed businesses and a church on West Burnside street in downtown. On Nov. 21, up to 100 Antifa vandalized dozens of businesses on the "Trans Day of Remembrance" in northeast Portland. Police made no arrests. And on Thanksgiving morning, Antifa rioters smashed up businesses in southeast Portland to protest colonialism, capitalism and gentrification.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
N/A by N/A is licensed under N/A

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me in September

We will use this to send you a single email in September 2020. To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
ADVERTISEMENT
© 2022 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy