Oath Keepers Will NOT be Participating in the Oregon “End Domestic Terrorism” Rally

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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- I wish I didn't have to do this, but it must be done. I must make it clear that Oath Keepers will not be participating in the “End Domestic Terrorism” rally scheduled for this Saturday, August 17, 2019, which is being organized by Joe Biggs and the Proud Boys.

I must also make it clear that Oath Keepers is NOT an organizer of this event, as has been erroneously reported by some media outlets. This event is being organized by Joe Biggs and the Proud Boys, not Oath Keepers. Oath Keepers was invited to attend, but we will not be attending.

We fully support free speech, and we fully agree that Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization that uses force and the threatened use of force to intimidate, silence, and suppress the free speech of Americans. However, we cannot participate in this event for the following reasons:

A. We have not seen adequate steps taken by the organizers to exclude known or suspected white nationalists from attending this event. Oath Keepers has a zero-tolerance policy for white nationalism or any other ethno-nationalist ideology that discriminates along racial lines (as our bylaws make clear) and we do not, and cannot, knowingly associate with known or suspected white nationalists.

First, we consider white nationalists (along with any other ethno-nationalists) to be dangerous domestic enemies of the Constitution, every bit as deadly to our Republic as the violent communists within Antifa because white nationalists also hold the Constitution in contempt and wish to overthrow it and replace it with their own desired totalitarian system. On that, the white nationalists and the communists are in agreement. And all of us who swore to defend the Constitution must stand against both of them as clear domestic enemies of the Constitution.

Second, we have a considerable number of active duty military and police in our membership who cannot knowingly associate with racists and we owe it to them to be diligent in avoiding participating in any event where white nationalists will not be actively, stringently excluded.

Third, the left in this nation is desperate to paint all conservatives and, especially, all Trump supporters as “white nationalists” to the point of absurdity. Allowing any actual white nationalists into an event where attendees are encouraged to bring Trump flags as well as American flags would be a grave mistake and does no favors to either President Trump or to the broader conservative cause. Conservatives, libertarians, and Trump supporters must be diligent about making sure the events they organize exclude white nationalists who want the same thing the left wants – to paint the false impression that we agree with their racist, collectivist, anti-constitution agenda (which is exactly why CNN loves to give airtime to the white nationalist troll Richard Spencer, as he desperately tries to tie his Neo-Nazi agenda to Trump).

I want to stress that we at Oath Keepers DO NOT believe that Joe Biggs or Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, the two organizers of this event, are white nationalists. Nor do we believe that the great majority of those groups and individuals who plan on attending the event are white nationalists. But we do not believe the organizers are taking the steps necessary to ensure that white nationalist and suspected white nationalist groups and individuals will be excluded.

A closely related problem is that the organizers have not secured a permit for the exclusive use of the Waterfront Park where they will be holding the rally this Saturday in Portland. Yes, they still have a right to free speech, but one of the advantages of securing a permit to use a public space for a particular time is that it allows you to exclude others from using that same space at that time, such as excluding known or suspected white nationalists.

We saw the problems a lack of a permit can bring when we helped to protect a free speech event in Berkeley, CA in April 2017. That was an un-permitted event, and because the event organizers had not secured a permit for the exclusive use of the MLK park, they could not exclude the white nationalists' group Identity Evropa from entering the park. Identity Evropa promptly placed themselves and their anti-Semitic, racist signs front and center, facing off with Antifa.

I instructed those under our command in the event security element that under no circumstances were they to allow Identity Evropa to enter our security inner perimeter around the audience and the stage. I was willing to go to jail to prevent Identity Evropa from actually entering the audience for the event, but we could not kick them out of the park. And, of course, the media all focused their cameras on Identity Evropa. We were able to maintain some separation between them and the event we were securing, but it did give Identity Evropa the opportunity to attempt to co-opt the event for their own agenda.

For this event in Portland, in contrast to the April 2017 event in Berkeley, Oath Keepers is not in charge of the security element and, if we attended this Saturday, we would not be able to actively exclude suspected white nationalists as we did in Berkeley. As such, we cannot attend.

B. Some of the past rhetoric, public statements, and memes/graphics posted online by the event organizer and by planned attendees expose those who attend the August 17 rally to possible civil and criminal law liability.

We understand the anger and frustration among patriots after watching the footage of the violent Antifa attack on Andy Ngo on June 29, 2019, and the horrific attack on two other patriots that same day. However, angry, undisciplined public statements that can be construed as expressing an intent to come to Portland to seek out Antifa and engage them in street fights and to assault them, and memes posted online to that effect, or worse, do a disservice to anyone who wants to attend a free speech event in protest against Antifa terrorism and against the failure of Portland officials to secure the free speech rights of Americans.

Those angry statements cannot be undone, and despite the organizers and planned attendees subsequently dialing back on the rhetoric, those prior statements are already being used against them by their political opponents and by the leftist dominated media. All of the angry videos, Twitter posts, and incriminating photos, etc by the organizer leading up to this rally have been preserved by Antifa and their supporters. Likewise for memes/graphics posted by planned attendees depicting violence against Antifa.

Further, those prior statements, videos, photos, and memes/graphics by the event organizer and other planned attendees potentially expose all attendees to possible prosecution using both an Oregon state “rioting” statute and a federal rioting statute that was used on some of the attendees of the disastrous Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in August, 2017 (which Oath Keepers also did NOT attend). Even though the vast majority of the planned attendees for the Portland rally this Saturday have no intention of initiating unlawful violence against Antifa, the prior statements of the event organizer, expressing his intent, can potentially be used against all attendees.

I share the frustrations many patriots feel about the obvious double standard of Antifa having free rein in Portland while patriots are under the microscope. But I cannot and will not expose Oath Keepers members to possible persecution/prosecution because of undisciplined statements made by others, however understandable the anger that prompted the undisciplined statements. Therefore, I must urge all Oath Keepers members to stay clear of this event in Portland on August 17, 2019.

C. More Than Ever, This is a Time for Discipline and Professionalism

Because of their own actions, Antifa is currently on the ropes and is on the verge of being declared a domestic terrorist organization. Much has taken place since Joe Biggs first announced his intent to hold this rally. First, on July 13, 2019, the self-identified Antifa terrorist Willem Van Spronsen used a rifle and Molotov cocktails to attack the ICE detention facility in Tacoma, WA. Only by the grace of God was he not able to kill responding officers. Van Spronsen pointed his AR-15 at the officers, but it apparently malfunctioned, and he was shot and killed before he could fix that malfunction. He also failed in his attempt to ignite a 500 lb propane tank. If he had been successful, it could have killed all the personnel and the detainees in the center. Thankfully he was an incompetent terrorist.

Since that attack, Antifa has lauded Van Spronsen as a martyr and an example to follow, and, in the graphics promoting their planned assault on the border in El Paso, Texas September 1-10, Antifa has openly threatened to kill CBP personnel.

And, of course, Antifa widely celebrated the July 12 illegal trespassing at the Aurora, CO ICE facility where protesters tore down the American flag, attempted to burn it, and in its place hoisted up the Mexican flag and also flew a defaced, upside-down “blue lives matter” flag with “Abolish ICE” written on it in red.

And most recently, at 3 am on August 13, 2019, shots were fired into the occupied ICE offices in San Antonio, Texas.

A maxim of warfare, expressed by Napoleon Bonaparte, is to “never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” Patriots, conservatives, Trump supporters, all need to be disciplined and let Antifa continue to show their true colors. It would be counterproductive to engage in undisciplined activities (or in a rally who's main organizer made undisciplined statements of intent) that can be construed by the media and politicians to paint patriots as the aggressors and Antifa as the victims.

Frankly, given the prior statements of Joe Biggs that will be used against all attendees of his rally, it would be best for the patriot/conservative cause if this August 17 rally were simply canceled. Those who want to protest the way Portland coddles Antifa should start over, with a clean slate, and then do so in a much more disciplined manner.

In addition to the above noted Antifa terrorism, after the mass shootings in California, El Paso, and Ohio, we are in a decidedly “kinetic” (guns and bombs) environment and we should expect Antifa to use even more deadly force as they go full “Weather Underground” in their revolutionary communist-terrorist trajectory. Expect it.

As such, Oath Keepers will be very disciplined about what events we participate in, and we are currently instructing our members to focus on publicly supporting and directly backing up ICE and CBP personnel in a disciplined, purely defensive posture, using only clearly lawful self-defense and defense of others, and to focus on our upcoming operation in El Paso, TX where we will also be assisting in securing private property (including homes) against deadly threat by Antifa.

If the event organizers do continue on with their planned event this Saturday, we sincerely hope it goes off without a hitch and is peaceful and successful. But Oath Keepers will be focusing our resources elsewhere.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder and National President of Oath Keepers

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    Country Boy
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    Country Boy

    Anti-Fa should do us all a favor and do a mass raid on Area 51.
    problem solved…….

    Ej harbet
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    Ej harbet

    Good thinking,best thing you could do to portland is wall it off east belin style.containment.

    Core
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    Core

    I’m glad the Oath Keepers are differenciating themselves from racist groups. I will say, it’s risky being a constitutional organization and withdrawing participation from any event. I don’t fully understand OKs mission? Theoretically a constitutionalist would support ALL free speech, that includes hateful rhetoric. The difference is in that a constitutionalist would draw the line with law and order. Threatening, terrorism, and any crimes that predate on residents, guests, and citizens. This means a constitutionalist would defend an illegal immigrant family from hate crimes for example. Or alternatively defend a neo nazi getting assaulted by a militant mob of activists.… Read more »

    Lee
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    Lee

    A constitutionalist does not support all speech, just the right of others to present their ideas. Agreement with the content is not part of the equation.

    Will
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    Will

    Damn,you sure write purty. A philosopher and a poet.

    Will
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    Will

    @Core,what racist groups are they distancing themselves from ?

    Will
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    Will

    @Core,one last comment. I have nothing against the members of OK. But the leader,Stewart Rhodes is just a coward. He said he was worried that police wouldn’t control White Nationalists at the event ? But he’s not worried the police won’t control Antifa ? Bullshit ! He knew that the police would protect Antifa and they would not protect OK when shit hit the fan. A White Nationalist is a person who is very proud to be White,and loves their country ! I’m definite included in that too ! Stewart Rhodes didn’t show up because of that ? Hes trying… Read more »

    MICHAEL J
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    MICHAEL J

    It appears that antifa never seems to venture out of their sanctuary protection. The Attorney General of United States should clean house in every state that allows this lawlessness.

    Rowboat
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    Rowboat

    Mr. Rhodes – as a 3%er, I take exception to your use of the “New Speak” words of “White Nationalist “ ! You are falling into the same word trap that the Left uses to vilify and demonize opposition to their agenda – these are “made up” words like “assault rifle “ “Islamaphobe “ white Supremacist “ and all the other “ phobias they can come up with. Make AMERICA Great Again is a nationalist slogan! President Trump even states that HE is a nationalist. To be a Conservative in this day and age is to BE a nationalist! Being… Read more »

    Will
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    Will

    @Rowboat,you’re right about Rhodes,total coward,total scumbag ! The POS trashes White nationalists,not antifa ? That’s the reason they are bailing out ? Bullshit ! Rhodes has a real history of cowardice and lies.

    Billbo
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    Billbo

    The left and their media lackeys are really skilled at using any unrest for propaganda. We must not become their unwitting tools by giving them photo ops to misrepresent. The Commies are evil, but sophisticated.

    Lee
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    Lee

    I applaud Oath Keepers for their diligence and caution in protecting their organization and its members. Whether they are right about the Proud Boys is of far lesser consequence than adherence to principles.
    A careful reading of their statement reveals to the discerning that the intent of the statement is not to vilify anyone but to protect the Oath Keepers brand.
    Kudos on having the strength of your convictions and acting accordingly.

    Will
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    Will

    Sounds to me like their scared,chicken shits !

    Lee
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    Lee

    Like I said, the gist is evident to the discerning. Thanks for clarifying that you are not among that group.

    Will
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    Will

    Why would I want to be in a group of cowards ? The scumbags say they aren’t going because of White Nationalists ? Hell Im a White nationalist myself and damn proud of being White. Bullshit,the cowards are afraid of antifa,and they know LE won’t back them up when shit hits the fan. Cowards,just cowards. Stewart Rhodes is a cowards coward any damn way !

    Will
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    Will

    @Lee,you talk like a goddam professor at some left,socialist college. But I understand what you mean. No problem,any further clarification you might need is welcome. Have a really nice day.

    Lee
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    Lee

    I don’t need any further clarification. I have you pegged. You are uneducated and surely know nothing about me or basically anything else. But you just keep trying to make yourself feel better rather than learning the tenets of rational thought. Blowhards like you are unimpressive to men.

    Will
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    Will

    @Lee,wow,you really told me didn’t you ?!? Have a really nice day. PS,but the women just love me.

    GUNS r US
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    GUNS r US

    Most of us know the liberal leftists aka “NSDAP” only have one agenda, to rid this great nation of it’s firearms. It’s the only way to control the people and have supreme power by the government. It’s pure propaganda! This is straight out of Joseph Goebbels book, the “Propaganda Minister” of the Third Reich. A master of the media. Now known as the MSM! We realize this here, but look at the foolish sheep that are about to be devoured by the wolves. It’s almost time to throw the tea overboard. We can only pray DJT has his eyes open… Read more »

    24and7
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    24and7

    The police will be there in heavy strength to make sure that no harm comes to the Thugs in antifa… the antifa crowd needs protection from these so-called “white nationalist terrorists”.. They hope the police will quickly arrest and disperse the so-called white nationalist, so antifa can continue to terrorize the city under Democratic control..

    Will
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    Will

    @24/7,you make some really great comments like this,and it makes me scratch my head. How in the hell can we be so far apart on the other ?

    24and7
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    24and7

    Antifa should be made a terrorist organization ..Well at least we’re not trading insults here ..I don’t mind open carry or concealed carry.. I’m very much anti-democrat and very pro-gun.. the reason I defend the fireman for drawing down on the man with a AR-15 is because he was a concealed carrier taking some kind of action to prevent what he thought might be a mass shooting .. it wasn’t a mass shooting but what if it was …you better pray that a concealed or open carrier can begin to stem the tides of these mass shootings, instead of police..… Read more »

    Heed the Call-up
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    Heed the Call-up

    24, you need to learn more about our rights and laws if you believe what the CC holder did was lawful. Every CC class and self-defense class I have taken and every article about CC and self-defense I have read clearly shows that the CC holder was in violation of at least two laws: brandishing, at minimum; and illegal detention, aka kidnapping. Then there is assault with a deadly weapon, and probably at least another half-dozen or more crimes that even a half-asleep DA could come up with. Drawing down on a law-abiding citizen means you have committed a crime.… Read more »

    Your_Truth
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    Your_Truth

    Wow… what a chicken-s#¡† excuse not to show up. No one with half a brain believes the Proud Boys ( or the company they keep ) have anything to do with ” white nationalism “. It’s beyond evident that leftist loons ( including the lamestream media ) use the label in every attempt to stop those that openly love this country and approve of our President, so cut the bull$#¡† pal

    AK49
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    AK49

    https://www.pewresearch.org/2011/01/13/views-of-gun-control-a-detailed-demographic-breakdown/

    Read the demographic break down and then get back to me about ‘white nationalism’ being the big concern. As ethnic groups go ‘whites’ are the only group in this country who actually want to keep the constitution, might want to think on that.

    1776 Patriot
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    1776 Patriot

    I appreciate your link and heart-felt statement but I’m leery of using an 8-year old survey to gauge 2019 attitudes and opinions. Given current politcs, I don’t want to base my actions and thoughts on data from from the third year of Obama’s first term. I’ll stick with the Oath Keepers statement in the meantime.

    Will
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    Will

    Oath Keepers ? You would be better off using the 8 year old survey !

    AK49
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    AK49

    If you are being sincere in your skepticism I am certain you can find more up-to-date info from a sources that meet your standards of integrity. Various demographic voting patterns (and sentiment) are very consistent and you will find the same as I have posted above.

    If on the other hand you would prefer to live in a fantasy and ignore objective reality in order to not step out of the good graces of globo-homo…. Know that you are the ones who will be responsible for the destruction of our constitution.

    Will
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    Will

    AK,hey Einstein,I assume I was the target of your comment. That doubt can be removed by adding @ before the name of your victim.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @Wild Bill …Remember when we were being chided for putting @ before the person were referring to . What was it they called us second graders ? Seems others have different thoughts !

    JPM
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    JPM

    I’m white (and proud of the fact) and I’m a “Nationalist” in that I love my country and want it to be what the Founding Fathers envisioned. That doesn’t make me a racist , or some kind of terroristic radical. It makes me a proud Patriot. As a white man (yes, I identify as a man because that’s what God made me), me and my fellow white males seem to be the only group/race/sex that is capable of committing a “hate crime”. We are also vilified as being somehow responsible for everything bad that has ever happened to any group… Read more »

    Will
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    Will

    @JPM,THE SCUMBAG SOCIALISTS TRIED TO MAKE “WHITE NATIONALIST” SOMETHING BAD,HORRIBLE ! FU*CK THEM ! LIKE YOU,IM DAMN PROUD TO BE WHITE,AND I LOVE MY COUNTRY !

    ras52
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    ras52

    Will, right on. Here is a little spin on James Browns song, "say it loud, Im white and proud”, but not a racist.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    @JPM I was thinking the same thing as I read the article. I guess I would not qualify to be a oathkeeper because I am white and I believe in this country. The leftists are only reading and following the communist play book and we are their target even though many of them are white but I’m not sure if they identify as men.

    Will
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    Will

    @tomcat,Stewart Rhodes needs to poll the OK members and asked them a question. “Are you proud to be White, and do you love your country”? I guarantee membership would go to nothing from the response.

    Will
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    Will

    @AK49,well put brother !