Kathy Griffin chimed in on the recent Portland, Oregon Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) protests and shockingly made a fool of herself.
Griffin accused the “largely racist” police force of lying about Antifa involvement in the clashes between protesters in Portland.
During the protests, officers used the sound truck to announce that people must disperse after violence broke out:
The sound truck has announced: pic.twitter.com/qTiKhcs7pK
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 4, 2018
This is the Portland Police Bureau.
Officers have observed protesters throwing projectiles, including rocks and bottles. The projectiles were thrown at officers near SW Natio Pkwy and SW Columbia.
All people in this area must immediately disperse. Failure to comply with this order may subject you to arrest or citation and may subject you to the use of riot control agents or impact weapons.
Following this announcement on Twitter, Griffin placed all of the blame for the violence on the officers and the right-wing protesters present:
Oh, fuck off! Police in Portland,of all cities, siding with & protecting nazis “proud boys” and “prayer…” some shit. White America has to face the harsh reality that cops are largely racist. Yeah, I said it. The cops are fighting the actual Portlanders and calling them “antifa” https://t.co/Z08UuXefaR
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 4, 2018
The problem with Griffin’s accusing the police of lying about Antifa presence is that the Antifa themselves claimed to be there:
The cops call them Antifa, because that is how they identify themselves; and they are engaged in violent attacks against Portland citizens, and the @PortlandPolice. And, just incase you missed it, most of your Antifa pals are white! https://t.co/6v6yVjWsw9
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) August 5, 2018
Many on Twitter were quick to point out that the average Portland citizen doesn’t dress in black and condone violence:
So you’re saying the average citizen of Portland dresses in black, wears a mask, beats fellow citizens and marches under the hammer and sickle flag. Got it. https://t.co/ZQ83huIQGi
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) August 5, 2018
False. As a former Portlander, and working journalist there who pretty recently covered my share of these protests, I can tell you the majority of all protesters from both sides aren’t actual “Portlanders” & police there have never “protected” one group at the expense of another. https://t.co/U5Mo6wihqp
— Dr. Hillary Lake, WCPO (@hillarylake) August 5, 2018
Others pointed at the hypocrisy of Griffin‘s condemning the police for protecting the right-wing protesters after she claimed to need protection following her graphic photoshoot with a fake, beheaded President Trump:
Even repulsive speech needs protection. Thought you would know. https://t.co/A48tWa5SmT
— National Police Association (@NatPoliceAssoc) August 5, 2018
This clash of protesters is part of a month-long series of protests against ICE in Portland. Many believe the protests escalated due to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s refusal to send in police to work with ICE in managing the protesters.