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Central Oregonians rally downtown in support of democracy on anniversary of US Capitol attack

(Update: Adding video, comments from rally organizers and attendees)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- One year ago, violent protesters entered the U.S. Capitol, forcing members of Oregon’s congressional delegation and many others to flee to safety.

On Thursday in downtown Bend, people gathered for what they called a “vigil for democracy.”

Lauren Spector, a member of the Indivisible Group, said what happened at the Capitol was disgusting. 

“What happened last year was deplorable, it was horrible. And I don’t want to see that again,” Spector said. 

Chris Gardner, the rally organizer and a member of Vocal Seniority, said the fear of Jan. 6 overcame the hope the day was supposed to bring. 

“So that assault on the very mechanisms of our government was a direct dagger at the heart of our democracy,” Gardner said. 

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a candidate for the newly drawn Fifth Congressional District, said the issue shouldn’t be partisan.

“This should not be a controversial issue, this should be something we can all agree on,” McLeod-Skinner said. 

The group's Vocal Seniority and Indivisible Bend organized the rally as a way to express their objection to the January 6th events, and their support of the democratic process.

“Democracy is simply the guaranteeing of equal access and equal effect to each and every citizen's vote,” Gardner said. “Anything that works against that is anti-democratic.”

McLeod-Skinner added, “The peaceful transfer of power that has defined our nation since its beginning. And the fact we are no longer there is frightening.” 

The biggest theme of the rally was to “save our democracy” and to “save the right to vote.”

However, a small group of people were on hand who expressed they’re not with those groups, but declined to go on camera for an interview.

Some cars drove by and honked in solidarity, while others drove by chanting “Let’s Go Brandon” or “**** Joe Biden.”

However, the rally remained peaceful.

McLeod-Skinner said events like the Capitol insurrection take away America's credibility in the world.

“I’ve lived and worked overseas, and I’ve seen failed democracies, and it's terrifying -- and never thought we’d see it here, but it's here now,” Mcleod-Skinner said. 

She said she hopes people in all political parties can agree on this one.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., issued a statement Thursday on the anniversary of the attack, calling on lawmakers to pass legislation "to combat a rising wave of attacks on voting rights and election integrity." Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., made similar comments on the Senate floor.

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  1. Putting this grossly inflated political hatchet job by the Media and their political hacks from both sides of the aisle in perspective –

    This is what occurred in history on January 6 =

    1017 Cnut the Great crowned King of England in London by Lyfing, Archbishop of Canterbury

    1639 Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed

    1661 The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London

    1773 Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom

    1887 `Abd-allah II of Harar opens the Battle of Chelenqo with an attack on the camp of the Shewan army of Negus Menelik II

    1921 The Iraqi Army is formed

    1925 Mikhail Frunze replaces Leon Trotsky as People’s Commissioner of Military and Native Affairs (Minister of Defence) as Trotsky and Joseph Stalin battle for power in the aftermath of Vladimir Lenin’s death

    1929 Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India’s poorest

    1941 US President Franklin Roosevelt makes his “Four Freedoms” speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during his US State of Union address

    1957 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

    1968 Th Beatles’ album “Magical Mystery Tour” goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks

    And in Hong Kong, turned over to the Communist Chinese, Democracy activists have their own “January 6th insurrection” –

    2021 More than 50 pro-democracy activists rounded up and arrested in Hong Kong

    Perspective…Context…and it’s a very big World out there.

    1. You forgot Big Bird supports vaccinations to protect against COVID19. You’ve certainly waisted your time coming up with this list of stuff that has nothing to do with the price of tea in China, let alone 1/6 and the local response.

    2. – so you’re into gratuitous violence, racism and attacks on our democratic process in support of lies about a stolen election and cult behavior – yea, you have mad that very clear

      1. So you’re into avoiding the fact that the United States of America is part of global history…and global history goes far further back in time than the 240 plus years America has been a part of it?

        And that many, many other important things have occurred in countries and nations other than our own…some of which mirror what occurred on January 6th of last year?

        And your only tactic when this is brought to your attention is to make ad hominem attacks such as this one?

        It would have been much more interesting and even, perhaps, educational if you’d offered an objective and sourced argument as to why, in your opinion, the riot at the capitol was/is what you believe it was.

        Otherwise – “chirp chirp chirp”.

        1. And as any history buff can tell you, history has a tendency to repeat itself so there is a reason for concern by those who value our democracy in regards to what happened on 1/6/21. If you are a proponent of autocratic rule, then of course, you are downplaying what happened.

          https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/opinion/2021/11/01/guest-opinion-jan-6-americas-beer-hall-putsch/6199387001/

          But just to give another opinion and I say again that these are only opinions. https://blogs.prio.org/2021/02/in-2016-i-identified-four-future-developments-that-would-justify-the-trump-hitler-comparison-here-are-the-results/

          1. “history has a tendency to repeat itself so there is a reason for concern by those who value our democracy”… Yes indeed Martha- It’s what explains Demokant rule in Oregon for over forty years now- culminating in Kalamity Kate “unilaterally- through Executive Orders” locking down schools- shuttering businesses- creating a housing and jobs crisis- all the while- failing miserably to control a mild virus- you seen Oregon’s new case numbers- hospitalizations- death rates today ??? You are excused- lesson over on repeating history.

            1. Stay on topic. You guys with your constant deflecting just can’t face the fact that anyone that supported the January 6 terrorists are just that. TERRORISTS.

      1. So you’re into avoiding the fact that the United States of America is part of global history…and global history goes far further back in time than the 240 plus years America has been a part of it?

        And that many, many other important things have occurred in countries and nations other than our own…some of which mirror what occurred on January 6th of last year?

        And your only tactic when this is brought to your attention is to make ad hominem attacks such as this one?

        It would have been much more interesting and even, perhaps, educational if you’d offered an objective and sourced argument as to why, in your opinion, the riot at the capitol was/is what you believe it was.

        Otherwise – “chirp chirp chirp”.

    3. “There was zero threat, zero, they were hugging and kissing the police” DJT. Trump kooks will believe and do anything big fat failed and fired donnie the orange snowflake tells them to!! Its what they call ” freedom “!!! They’re much more concerned about faux Newt’s Christmas tree catching on fire!! True patriots!!!!ROTFLMAO!!!! Soooooo much losing for the trump Borg!!!

      1. And your only tactic when this is brought to your attention is to make ad hominem attacks such as this one?

        It would have been much more interesting and even, perhaps, educational if you’d offered an objective and sourced argument as to why, in your opinion, the riot at the capitol was/is what you believe it was.

        Otherwise – “chirp chirp chirp”.

  2. Bentz is sad but he will fail to admit the root of the problem because the fact that him and his constituents still support and voted twice for a man that undermined American democracy. This statement is fact!

      1. – please go away Fed – your support of the giant lie, and the violence, and racism, and attacks on democratic process are vulgar, infantile, self-serving and absolutely mortifying to any decent people – time to grow up

        1. You’ve been here a long time. How about skipping the personal offensive attacks? Or are you going to play the “he started it” card? Can’t you make YOUR points in more adult manner? Or do you just want to cause trouble for the moderator?

        2. Again –

          And your only tactic when this is brought to your attention is to make ad hominem attacks such as this one?

          It would have been much more interesting and even, perhaps, educational if you’d offered an objective and sourced argument as to why, in your opinion, the riot at the capitol was/is what you believe it was.

          Otherwise – “chirp chirp chirp”.

    1. awww….nasty……always so nasty….hey who is RaY Epps? Who is in charge of protecting the capitol building? Who turned down national guard troops down? Why won’t Nancy release the video footage of the 2 women killed by Capitol police in the tunnel? you know the women who were murdered by police? just curious…..help me out Nasty…We all know you have all the answers

        1. Why wont Pelosi or Schummer release their emails and texts ? You mean to tell me that we’re suppose to believe USA Today and Nancy Pelosi and this hack partisan commission that she organized ? Just today Liz Cheney lied. Adam Schiff cant tell the truth to save his own life ? People are suppose to believe these serial liars?

        2. Hey Barney, that’s some hard hitting journalism there buddy, A USA Today link, good work. Now why don’t you find outs by Pelossi turned down the troops? And while you read at it, why don’t you look into who Ray Epps is? Why isn’t he in jail? Amd whose job is it to protect the Capital Barney? And why did the police let people enter the building? Come on Barney, I’m sure you can find a left wing media link to post to show how much investigating journalism you do. RAY EPPS BARNEY, who is RAY EPPS??

          1. Many MagaIdiots have testified in court that they were doing Trump’s bidding. All the rest of your post is a bunch of desperate misdirection

          2. Take note that Barney is being clear that “President Trump” did not make a formal request for Nat Grd troops- which is correct- because it’s not within his range of command to make that request… however- a better question is- “did any authorized person make such a request to Pelosi two days before the protests?” If so- what were the results ?

        3. Amd this too, what specifically did Donald Trump do to incite this? NMe a specific action, come on Barney, maybe you can quote Liz Cheney, Kamala, or Rachel Maddow for this one question

      1. The truth is …. exploiting this sorry event works in the Democrats’ favor. As far as they’re concerned, it was a great day and they will milk it as long as possible. Their sole purpose for the investigation is to damage Trump as much as possible.

              1. What Coup ? Nobody has been charged for attempting a coup- Nobody has been charged with insurrection… where do you guys get off making up crimes- maybe from Russia-Russia-Russia ?

            1. Nothing the “libs” did was even close to an attempt to seize power by overturning a legitimate election. Learn the difference between a civil rights protest and a political coup driven by greed.

              1. Wasn’t that the point of the Steele Dossier- the Russian Collusion hoax- illegal FISA warrants to spy on American citizens… to overturn Trumps historic victory over Klinton ??? if not- why all the angry theatrics and threats to impeach a duly elected President ??? Thats some serious short term memory issue you got.

              1. You just can’t resist throwing Donald Trump into any rebuttal can you? Do you honestly think that if Bill Clinton were a Republican the Dems would have done anything differently than impeach him? Maybe he shouldn’t have lied under oath.

      2. – your fancy dance moves do not distract from your promotion of a giant lie, violence, and the subversion of our democratic process – you are a disgrace to our country – shame on you

        1. And once more – raise the level of your commentary or simply “chirp chirp chirp”.

          And your only tactic when this is brought to your attention is to make ad hominem attacks such as this one? It would have been much more interesting and even, perhaps, educational if you’d offered an objective and sourced argument as to why, in your opinion, the riot at the capitol was/is what you believe it was. Otherwise – “chirp chirp chirp”.

                1. Phil- you are absolutely right. In August of last year this site was bringing in 2 million clicks a month- then Barney started his pro-jab-rhetoric campaign of divisive propaganda- and the traffic to this site plummeted ! Anyone wishing to see the facts- go to similarweb.com or axios.com/mediaratings and just plug in KTVZ.

                2. Can’t make second thing work, first says we had 1.5M page visits in November. Google Analytics shows we continue to have about 1 million users a month, 3-4 million page views a month desktop. Screen views on mobile did peak in summer, probably wildfires, but still over 1 million ‘screen views’ a month, user nos. rock steady.
                  I’m figuring you’re either misreading or twisting the data like you do on COVID and everything else. Such as the false “censoring” claims, etc. etc.
                  We’re doing very well. Not sure how much is due to you and people reading your outlandish “stuff” purely for head-shaking entertainment value, but thanks. You hate us so much, but clearly you love being here.

    1. The fact that Trump wasn’t moved to his bunker or an undisclosed location for his protection, tells you everything you need to know about this. He incited, he enjoyed, he thanked them, he laughed and watched the news after telling them he would march down there with them (and not doing so). He’s a dictator wannabe and if you still follow him, I feel sorry for you. You’ve lost your way.

        1. 1. Trump got them all worked up
          2. He told them to fight like hell
          3. He told them to March to the Capitol
          4. He sat back and watched it on tv and refused to call it off.
          He will go down in history right next to Benedict Arnold.

          1. 1. The people were already worked up.
            2. The term fight is used in politics by both sides.
            3.Trump told them to march peacefully.
            4.At what point were the people in DC watching a Television or listening to a radio to have heard Trump call it off. Trump did nothing to incite these people. These people were incited by what they believe was fraudulent election. Myself, I am not convinced that it wasn’t.
            5. Concoct a better list. Your has been debunked.

            1. Even trump’s kids had to beg him to respond to the attack. He didn’t want to do anythin but watch it. What is it with the trump worshippers refusal to accept documented facts? He lied to you. Move on, stop doubling down on your mistake.

            2. 1. The people were already worked up.
              By Trump. Own it.
              2. The term fight is used in politics by both sides.
              But only Trump told THAT crowd to fight THAT day. Own it.
              3.Trump told them to march peacefully.
              Yeah, after he ginned the crowd up, wink wink nudge nudge. Own it.

              Your Trump is a traitor. Own it.

          1. Which party gave us the term “Our Truth” as opposed the The truth? There has been a load of BS from both parties. Don’t give me your political mumbo jumbo. I’d be happy if both parties went away. Maybe something would actually be accomplished in Washington DC instead of all the division.
            We are supposed to be a country of people united. All I see on here, as well as across this nation, are people divided. Good luck with that in the future.

        1. There can be, oh enlightened one. That’s why the House committee was formed – to uncover the truth, based on facts rather than ego-driven wannabes and their fantasies.

          1. Sorry, but you are talking to wrong person when it comes to taking sides in these political arguments. I support neither side. D or R. Our Republic and Democratic process has survived and shall continue to survive. If all you people want to fight it out in the streets until there are none of you left. Be my guest. It will be those who move on from this who shall inherit this country.

    2. – your clinging to the big lie, and violence, and subversion of our democratic process are a nasty, smelly stain on all that is good, and true and right – shame on you and your attempts to tear down our democracy and the good people of this good country – shame on you

        1. Weren’t you the one advocating above for commentary that is “interesting and even, perhaps, educational” or “an objective and sourced argument,” and “chirp chirp chirp” is what you offer as a reply? Somewhat hypocritical, don’t you think?

    3. Let’s try to explain this to you so you understand.
      Lamentations 4:14
      Now they grope through the streets like men who are blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.

      See, that’s you, bud. You and all your little alt-right Fascist brethren.

  3. Another thing, everyone that stormed the capital on January 6, 2021 are domestic terrorists. Everyone that wants to move on, blames it on democrats or the FBI, believes in the “big lie”, and thinks that Donald is innocent not only support domestic terrorism but are also not patriotic.

    1. Exactly this, and to all those minimizing the January 6 Insurrection. You do know there is video from the day, right? LOTS of it. Lots and lots of it they took themselves. Tons of body cam footage from the cops. And it’s not hard to figure out what happened, who is to blame, and how outrageous it all was, and is. Blue lives only matter if they aren’t protecting lawmakers you wish dead, right?

      1. Facts are facts and it’s just too bad they make you uncomfortable. Maybe you should re-examine your beliefs if they put you on the side of the terrorists.

    1. – stop your silly jarhead crazy spin – promoting violence and lies is exactly what it is and your attempts to play victim are weak, stupid, and transparent – grow up

    2. When your vote can be overturned by a state legislature like the fascist Repuke laws that are currently being passed in several states, it’s Joe and Kamala who are doing wrong by trying to protect individual votes? Do you think those fascist laws will only apply to votes of democrats?

    3. Yeah. They’re the ones pushing to subvert fair and free elections. Too bad we have proof and you have none. You people are so simple it’s embarrassing. Always accusing others of acts you are guilty of. It’s a tale as old as time and hardly an original strategy. C’mon man. Be best.

    1. Not the point of this particular ceremony. Portland was a horrible crime on both sides. The destruction of property was horrible and criminal. The use of unidentified militia to scoop people off the street in unmarked cars was plain old fascist. Too bad that it went on so long with so many people just enjoying causing destruction – BOTH sides bear blame to that.

  4. Bentz hiding in his office says it all. If the insurrection was no big deal why did he feel the need to hide? Sad is the wrong word for Jan 6th. Here are a few better ones…un-American…..delusional followers of a defeated, delusional ex-president…dupes fed GOP stir-up-the-base lies for decades, then urged to “fight like hell”.

  5. Who knew?

    “In the most devastating blow suffered by the U.S. during the War of 1812, British forces overran the capital city on this date setting fire to most major public buildings, including the U.S. Capitol.”

    “On November 7, 1983, the Senate adjourned at 7:02 p.m. A crowded reception, held near the Senate Chamber, broke up two hours later. At 10:58 p.m., an explosion tore through the second floor of the Capitol’s north wing; the adjacent halls were virtually deserted.” – the Leftist “Resistance Committee was responsible

    “The 1954 United States Capitol shooting was an attack on March 1, 1954, by four Puerto Rican nationalists who sought to promote the cause of Puerto Rico’s independence from US rule.”

    “On July 2, 1915, a former German professor at Harvard, Erich Muenter, planted a package containing three sticks of dynamite in the Capitol near the Senate Reception room. The explosive detonated around midnight and during a time when the Senate had been on recess.”

    “A little less than fifty years ago in 1971, over 800 Vietnam War veterans gathered in Washington, D.C. and ceremonially threw their medals, ribbons, and other markers of military valor onto the grounds in front of the Capitol. The veterans were there to protest the brutal and unwinnable war that the United States was perpetrating in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia…”

    And so it goes.

    1. So that makes it okay that sore-loser President Trump tried to steal the election and stay in power? Boggles the mind how you people make excuses for the inexcusable…

    2. “A little less than fifty years ago in 1971, over 800 Vietnam War veterans gathered in Washington, D.C. and ceremonially threw their medals, ribbons, and other markers of military valor onto the grounds in front of the Capitol. The veterans were there to protest the brutal and unwinnable war that the United States was perpetrating in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia…”
      If that’s the best you can do, Friday Happy Hour is probably where you belong.

    3. I love how the tactic to try and lower awareness about the trump-incited, republican lead domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol that occurred last year is to bring up completely unrelated events from centuries ago.

      1. Man, it’s all they got. Misdirection, smoke and mirrors. Because we all saw what those MagaIdiots did that day, egged on by the MagaIdiotInChief.

            1. A little education seems appropriate here –

              First – I’m neither a Democrat nor Republican – have been an Independent for years now.

              Second – Not a Trump fan at all, nor “MAGA” fanatic. Never have been and for clearly objective reasons.

              Third – A fanatic is a fanatic regardless of party, doctrine, dogma, or religion. Fanatics burn books, people at the stake, and otherwise delight in mob rule.

              That said – the assault on the capitol fits the legal definition of Rebellion or Insurrection under Title 18 – https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2383

              And is in accordance with the Insurrection Act – https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/ReferenceSheet_InsurrectionActAndRelatedAuthorities.pdf

              And I believe anyone investigated and arrested as a result of said investigation must be tried in a Court of Law and if found guilty – punished under the law. Anyone.

              However, I have never appreciated mobs, mob rule, lynchings whether literal or otherwise, or arguments so weak that they rely on personal attacks…like yours, for example.

              “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” – Fredrick Douglas

  6. January 6th was the one of the darkest days in USA history.

    I lived in NYC on Sep 11th, and it pales in comparison.

    These were home-grown traitors attacking the root of Democracy.

    Never forget!

      1. Insurrectionists stormed the US Capital Building in attempt to stop the certification of our election results. 9/11 does not pale in comparison but it’s not an ‘idiotic’ comparison since these insurrectionists were US citizens not foreign nationals which makes it greatly concerning to those of us who value our democracy. Obviously, the current enemy to our democracy is within and your posts are proof of.

        1. Wow, and just like that we shook out two more. Was it Trump supporters that caused billions of dollars in damage, murdered innocent people over the past several years? You think you know the whole story on J6? Remember all the times over the last few years the media told you one lie after the next about Trump (and his supporters). Big bold headlines, run it for days, then do a small print corrrction about the lie they just spewed…only to start another one – rinse and repeat. Politicians did the exact same thing. The truth will come out…it always does. We have known for months now that the FBI was directly involved – On video – telling people to go in the capital building. We know the FBI set up the Witmer “kidnapping.”

            1. Sigh, the “fact checks.” First off, Antifa was there – John Sullivan, just to name one. John’s brother went public regarding this. Images of John messaging to his fellow Antifa members days prior had them discussing the great plan….”wear Trump hats, and if you’re a well know organizer you need to blend in.” As for the FBI not being being involved “fact check,” you don’t find it odd that every Trump supporter who entered the capital have been arrested, or are wanted – many walked through the open doors, took pictures and left, are rotting in jail, being tortured, while Ray Epps is on video telling those in attendance to storm the capital and he himself was in the capital…yet he’s out walking free. Members of congress have questioned AG Garland about this…congressional members need not ask the AG – the media has already told them it’s not true.

    1. “January 6th was the one of the darkest days in USA history.
      I lived in NYC on Sep 11th, and it pales in comparison.”

      that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read here

    2. @ITMFA.. I truly doubt your residence claims (cool story bruh). Just for the record, I thing Trump is a CLOWN! That being said, YOU CLEARLY ARE TOO! If you really care, stop being part of the problem. Why do you want to divide AMERICANS? If you hate this country, JUST LEAVE.

    1. Apparently Capitol police are more important than portland police. I don’t recall seeing any burning buildings, fireworks shot at police, bags of feces thrown at police, police cars turned upside down and burned, frozen water bottles hurled at police, police hit with baseball bats…… Yes it was a riot, yes it was embarrassing. It was no 9/11 or pearl harbor and to compare is in itself disgusting. I also don’t recall seeing any rallies in bend supporting the Portland police for the hell they endured last summer. It’s only a travesty when politicians say it is. Apparently.

  7. People have not learned that everything is a distraction. Those who scream the loudest. Whenever they are crying and parroting information politicians/MSM something else is going on or they want to shift your focus. As far as Jan 6 goes, have you already forgotten how for 6 months they called them “peaceful protests” while the country burned and there were murders in the streets by BLM activists, aka thugs and they received 24/7 protective cover from the MSM and even some politicians and Hollywood kooks literally spent money bailing out criminals? No, forget about that period and focus on one day where people stood up against a stolen election.

    1. “They” always differentiated between the many peaceful protests and the criminals/jerks who ruined them, many of whom have been convicted on state or federal charges. The over-generalizations say more about the accusers, who went from calling all mainstream media stuff they didn’t like “fake news” to the whole “stolen election.” Others have refuted that better than I ever could.

      1. I’m sorry, but are you high? Always differentiated between peaceful protest and the thugs? I challenge you to go back and actually watch coverage of these riots and tell us again that the media made that distinction.

        1. Every story I recall made the distinction. And we didn’t call the Portland violence riots until and unless police declared it a riot.
          But we reported on the violence, from sister stations in Portland, AP and yes, CNN.
          Random Google:
          https://ktvz.com/news/2021/03/15/portland-leaders-condemn-ongoing-violence-by-anarchists/
          As I’ve said repeatedly, it’s a worthwhile discussion of whether they did enough to prevent or stop the violence. But the critics take it too far and make misstatements.

  8. Reading comments here and on Twitter today makes me sick to my stomach just like January 6th did last year. Trump incited the riot in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election. Period. What sickens me is the number of Trumper Traitors who still support Trump. Well, y’all may get your wish for a Trump dictatorship, because unless Trumpism is put down like a rabid dog that is what you may get. Trust me, it won’t end well, and it won’t be the glorious thing you think it will be. It will be the end of the United Sates, and all Trumper Traitors will be to blame.

    1. People like you make me sick! You choose to be part of this! We are all AMERICANS on the same side. Get over yourself and hang up your social media news. This is what causes division. You care about being RIGHT more than doing RIGHT. Stop the arguing ********.

      1. Doing RIGHT would be holding Trump and his Trumplicans accountable for their treason. Only then will it be time to “move forward and put this behind us”.

    2. I’m still sick to my stomach. Can’t believe what the Republican Party has perverted itself into, first by feeding on Limbaugh’s swill and now whole-heartedly gorging on Trump’s offal.

      1. They’ve accepted the easy, morally decrepit low road of the Trump organized crime family rather than the more difficult high road. When hunger for power and greed take control and drive your words and actions, high moral aspirations such as equality, free elections and rule of law will fall victim.

  9. That’s why not having tv on today and pelosi will fight till her last breath or bottle of early times that she didn’t have FBI change into maga gear before Trump’s group showed up. 🐀 her not see AOC crying about how she almost died that day when she wasn’t even there. Sure the rest of the z staff has had prayer circles today and brown most likely has flag in Salem at half mast all day 🤦‍♂️

  10. “A little less than fifty years ago in 1971, over 800 Vietnam War veterans gathered in Washington, D.C. and ceremonially threw their medals, ribbons, and other markers of military valor onto the grounds in front of the Capitol. The veterans were there to protest the brutal and unwinnable war that the United States was perpetrating in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia…”
    If that’s the best you can do, Friday Happy Hour is probably where you belong.

  11. Donny Dump Disciples are a Delusional Lot! Easily Manipulated by the”Fox Noose”talking heads,that take full advantage of their “LOW IQ!”

  12. Such a lack of tolerance by both sides, but the left shows the most with their angry spouts and negative comments. So sad to see Bend moving away from accepptance of other ideas and beliefs.

    1. I often see Republicans being compassionate and reaching out to bring disparate people and ideas together. 🤣🤣🤣🤣
      I can’t even type that without snorting my coffee.

  13. All of you are nuts. It wasn’t as bad as you say. No reason to dramatize the 6th. If the election was an honest fair election it would have never happened but because the election had discrepancy a few radicals made their voce heard. To bad they are getting charged way worse than the individuals in the blm riots.

    1. Dude, if that mob had gotten ahold of Pelosi or Pence, they woulda ripped them to pieces. The election was honest a fair – Trump’s toady Bill Barr even said so. BLM doesn’t threaten Democracy the way 1/6 did. Deal with it.

  14. What I LOVE about living in America and being an American is that we can say what we want…..FREEDOM OF SPEECH!! I just LOVE having the freedom to say that I support January 6th of 2021! This is OUR America and the White House is OUR house. I only hope that we continue the resistance to the ones that want to take away OUR FREEDOMS that are spelled out for us in the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES and also in the CONSTITUTION OF OREGON!!!

    1. Freedom of speech has always had limits. The Constitution is about govt. not abridging freedom of speech, not that a private enterprise can’t set rules and enforce them for people who lack civility. Not to mention “shouting fire in a crowded theater,” etc.

      1. Nothing fanciful about me I got short end of the stick when it came to looks. The left has been saying how the Constitution is outdated mumbo-jumbo and how a new one must be drawn up to reflect the times. President is doing everything he can to ostracize the unvaxxed, saying parents need to make sure their kids don’t come in contact with unvaccinated people.

          1. This is the best comment on this whole story. Although I voted for Trump, I do not care for him. I just dislike Biden more. One day I hope that our system actually gives us a choice for President that will actually be a good one. But I have little hope of that with our current system that clearly does the opposite of what you just stated very well, Barney.

            I have friends and family who are on both sides of the political aisle and that is their right to believe as they wish. I know those who voted for Biden and have a large collection of guys. I also know those who voted for Trump and have no guns. But many people think that all gun fans are Trump supporters. When I hear people say such things I know that they are not really interested in the truth. They have just created a strawman of their own design.

    2. I’d be more impressed if you had actually read either of those documents. Hell, I’d be impressed if you could get a shoe on that wasn’t labeled “toes in first”.

  15. Mcleod-Skinner should read the constitution and understand that the founding fathers built in our ability as citizens to fight against an oppressive government. Hence the 2nd amendment.
    the founding fathers knew that the citizens might need to fight our government, hence why we can carry arms.

    1. And if you take up arms against the government, you may well land in jail/prison, or worse. Seems some folks are rooting for civil war, figuring they’ll be on the winning side amid all that carnage. Frightening as hell. And remember, comments here have email and IP addresses logged. If we don’t make the right call on what to allow – heck, even the trashed stuff has identification, if need be.

      1. You mean like when antifa and other so called peace clowns attacked government offices and officials, like US immigration, local and state police and more? Where is the jail/prison time for those who threw bottles, rocks at police officers?

          1. You posted- but you made no reference to those events being possible breeding grounds for “Civil War”. I think you missed the point of the comment.

      2. the founding fathers wrote the constitution protecting the people’s right to bear arms and fight the government. you should read a book about the purpose of the constitution.
        i was in no way making a threat so thanks for your threat. you’re getting a tad on the rude side, sir.

  16. when the armed resistance unit sponsored by nadler and the left bombed the capitol, there was not this sort of drama.

    interesting – the dems bombed the capitol in the 80’s and nada. but a little setup riot? terrorism.

      1. thanks for the link. took some time to refresh my memory. this bombing was much, much worse in my opinion than 6 Jan. but nadler pushed clinton hard to pardon the last two who were still in jail serving their sentences. why is the left so forgiving, almost welcoming, of liberal violence? in this case, capitol police opened doors, walked around with them, etc. there was some violence, like babbit getting shot, but not much.

        and 1 of the capitol police they mentioned on 6 Jan was killed by a member of ANTIFA two weeks after the riot. but they pretend he died on 6 Jan for dramatic purposes.

        and why did FBI take ray epps off their list? he was inciting folks to go to the capital along with the bullhorn guy on top of the scaffolding.

        too many questions. not necessarily directed to you, barney, but reply if you want.

      1. Yeh- a peaceful protest with a few bad actors… a failure by Nancy Pelosi to provide adequate protection- even though there were hundreds of messages being read by the FBI-CIA- and DC Police… any violence that may have occurred is on Nancy Pelosi.

  17. So how many Republicans would have had to die for the Trump trolls to see whats right in front of them? They look at what happened LIVE and then say the sky is green. I’m done wasting my time trying to use logic with people who make things up when they don’t get their way and act like spoiled crybabies. How ignorant to make statements about democracy and our constitution when most haven’t even bothered to read it and take the word of a TV or web host who uses them like fools. The more the brain trust here yaps and changes the subject or narrative to fit their stupidity makes it hard to have any hope for our society. Trump, Fox and other “news” garbage gets rich of their backwards minded followers believing the sky is green.

  18. Ironically, most of these people are probably all for the federal takeover of our elections which would completely violate the Constitution. Pretty amazing….

  19. None of this will matter not too distant future.ALL are compromised and the chasm will deepen as the sifting continues to conclusion. Choose wisely before the big show stopper.🤠

        1. Not true ! In fact that is one of the most telling anomalies of the last election- is how many ballots for Biden failed to include the down-card for all the other races- on the same ballot… these levels were deemed historic in nature- I’ve yet to hear a plausible explanation.

  20. Yet no one has been charged with “insurrection” and the only person that died was an unarmed female veteran, shot in the neck at close range by a capitol cop. Boohoo libs, people don’t like your policies.

  21. The many months of riots, burnt down, looted cities by the left don’t seem to matter. Are we going to have a memorial for those too? Or that was “different”?

    1. Yup, it was different. Way different. On the one hand, we have a President trying to launch a coup and topple our government, and then on the other we have some property damage. Yeah, waaaay different.

  22. Most of MAGA is so hypocritical it’s unreal. These are the same people that believed in Pizza Gate or Qanon. They make ridiculous claims like Biden is a pedophile but literally ignore predatory remarks made by trump, dozens of lawsuits, etc. what if Biden cheated on Jill with stormi Daniels? You people would never let it go. You spend all day on Facebook, looking for any scrap of misinformation that will help your opinion. All news is fake news unless it supports there opinions. They make apple and orange comparisons that usually have nothing to do with the topic at hand. Call themselves patriots but don’t even understand the definition. Let’s defend rabbit ashli habit who has the track record of a psycho path. Ever read the comments on Facebook? Same 10 losers responding. Still angry that there life turned out to be the way it is. There a correlation between intelligence/education with MAGA. Meaning there is none. Most of these people still rely on the government, but would never admit it. Sometimes I want to argue with these people. There is truly no point. They put the poverty into “poverty with a view.”

    1. I’m sorry to say but even the most liberal media channels can no longer defend the incompetence of the current administration and Biden has beaten all previous presidents with his historical low ratings.
      There is not a single thing you can mention this administration has done that advanced this country. It’s in a far worse state than it was before the elections. Just to mention a few, Afghan pullout, skyrocketing inflation, (illegal) immigration chaos, severe supply problems across the country, should I continue?

    2. You said that better than I did. Comparing a attack on our democracy at the Capitol to rioters trashing a Macy’s is just out there and totally stupid. Look at the Alpha males in court now crying like little girls and acting like they did nothing wrong except follow orders from their leader who watched them get jail sentences without a pardon bailout. They still don’t “Get it”?

  23. And yet Biden and the Democrats keep sinking in the polls while Trump and the Republicans keep gaining by leaps and bounds. I think that Americans see right through the left’s fog of lies and this false narrative of Jan 6th events.

  24. “This should not be a controversial issue, this should be something we can all agree on,”
    I agree whole heartedly and as soon as some can sdmit that the other city riots are in the same context this statement can begin to come true.

      1. I’m not part of the rabid right, but rather an outspoken critic of Trump and his actions Jan 6th. That said, to dismiss BLM and Antifa’s actions last summer as something less dangerous to our democracy than the Capitol attack…is just wrong. In fact, I would argue the anger raised after watching our cities burn without government or LE intervention directly fed to the anger that exploded at the Capitol. Who cares why when the end result is the same.

  25. Crybabie – did you not read the first words I wrote? Both sides are not tolerant of each other. They have the right in this country to say what they want, but it sure looks like the beginning of what happened in Germany in the last century where the “progressives” thought they were smarter that others and thus became Nazis. Note that it was not the conservatives but the liberals. Sure do hope history does not repeat itself!

  26. I can’t believe people are even mad. Who cares. If you all want to just hate on each other until our country is destroyed keep it up. Your anger will solve nothing. Your hatred of your fellow man will destroy you and this country. We’ve abandoned God and look where we are. This country is not going to last long at this rate.

  27. Reading so many of the comments here I have yet to find one that offers anything about the Select Committee currently investigating this event. The link to the real time updates from this committee is provided.

    https://january6th.house.gov/

    “To investigate and report upon the facts, circumstances, and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex (hereafter referred to as the “domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol”)…

    With its Vice Chair Congresswoman Liz Cheney – vilified by a segment of her own Party (Republican) – for her grounded, objective, and outspoken position on this matter.

    From my point of view – since so many commenting seem to believe they have some special insight into my positions and views –

    – What occurred on January 6th was, by legal definition under Title 18, an insurrection (look it up).

    – Those identified, arrested, tried and convicted are guilty of insurrection per the charges levied against them and found to be true and accurate in a court of law

    – If Donald Trump is shown by investigation to be culpable to any degree addressed by our laws, he should be treated accordingly to include arrest and trial

    – As I am an Independent neither the Democratic or Republican parties dogma influence me

    – Nor do the opinions of those whose voices may be strident but – as I see it – no different than those who assaulted the capitol. A fanatic is a fanatic regardless. History has tried to teach us that.

  28. This is another irresponsible article meant to drum up further division. Nobody was “forced” to leave. The facts are in debate, the prosecution of the protestors, unconstitutional. The Facts are that the Floor had been cleared 42 minutes prior to anyone entering the building. An Unlawful Assembly never declared for the protestors to hear. Security was inadequate and the police got scared and crossed the line behind the Barricades first, and then started beating people before the first protestor ever crossed the same barricades. Flash bangs fired into peaceful crowds before anyone become violent. Doors were opened and protestor invited in by the officers. Doors to the chamber unlocked and opened to allow protestors in. The police instigated this situation and then it got out of control. Put the blame on those that created the situation. The Democratic party! So sorry you got embarrassed. Had they just done their job, this wouldn’t have happened. Another failed policy and another blame it on the right game. Sure, this was an attack on Democracy. Too bad our Country was founded as a Republic! Read the Constitution and Follow it! It’s all anyone there on January 6, 2021, wanted but the left couldn’t handle it (again) and are just using it as another power grab. Ever wonder where all the protestor video went? over 14,000 hours of it and they won’t release it. Why? Because they don’t want you to see the truth.

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