Portland Republican Considering Using ‘Oath Keepers, Three Percenters’ for Security

Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal (Photo: Facebook)

A Portland Republican is thinking about using militia groups as security personnel to protect his fellow GOP members following a recent, racially-motivated stabbing inside a rail train last Friday.

Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal said in an interview with The Guardian that Republicans shouldn’t be cowed out of the public square because tensions are at a high.

“I am sort of evolving to the point where I think that it is appropriate for Republicans to continue to go out there,” he said. “And if they need to have a security force protecting them, that’s an appropriate thing too.”

Specifically, Buchal mentioned groups like the “Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”

“Yeah. We’re thinking about that. Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis,” said Buchal.

The man responsible for the stabbing is 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, an alleged white supremacist. Christian killed two men and wounded another after all three confronted Christian who was yelling racial and religious epithets at two young women on the train.

Buchal seems to believe that the far left will blame Republicans for the acts of the knife-wielding Christian.

Rose City Antifa, a Portland-based antiracist group, criticized Buchal’s idea.

“That the GOP need[s] to bring in private armed security rather than rely on Portland Police speaks volumes on their stance against ‘violence’,” said the group in a statement.

“These private security elements of the extreme right claim to be supporting ‘free speech’ when in reality their main goal is directing violence and hate speech towards antifascist protesters and activists while protecting white supremacists,” it continued.

There’s nothing wrong with private security. Of course, when that security has an overt political agenda, that’s where things get a little dicey. But there’s another issue in play, at least within the city, and that is certification.

“It’s a complex issue,” said Portland police bureau spokesman, Sergeant Peter Simpson. “Private security in Oregon needs to be certified by the state. That said, people showing up to assist do not. We don’t advocate bringing in outsiders to police an event.”

Anyways, what are your thoughts? Should Portland Republicans use Oath Keepers and Three Percenters fro armed security? Should they just rely on the local police for protection?

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  • Tom G June 4, 2017, 8:05 pm

    Just reading the flow of this exchange is why,… I’m heavily armed, well stocked and ready for the collision that I think is inevitable within the next 4 to 8 years. Stay fit and RIFLE UP.

  • Robert June 3, 2017, 4:55 pm

    Perhaps we would do well in this type of situation to consider laws and rights which are cornerstones of what makes the U.S.A. a great nation. As an example, take a look at the full text of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    I suggest that the Second Amendment encompasses more than the natural right of the people to keep and bear arms against a tyrannical government. This Amendment also recognizes the reality that a militia is necessary to ensure the security of our freedom. The Amendment does not define or limit what constitutes a “well regulated” militia. It does not deny the fact that a “State” is made up of its component parts. It does not require that the situation giving rise to a need for security be restricted to a national crisis which requires a nationwide militia.

    Therefore, I submit that the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America allows the use of a small militia to protect the security of some portion of the country in a situation limited in scope to events taking place in that particular portion of the country.

    Accordingly, the Second Amendment allows the use of a militia to provide security in the situation which is presented here. If someone doesn’t like or approve of this Constitutionally protected right, that person can work to try to amend the Constitution. In the meantime, the Constitution is the law of the land, and the rights it protects shall not be infringed.

    • DIYinSTL June 5, 2017, 11:30 am

      Don’t forget Article 1, Section 8, which has the paragraph:

      To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

      That plainly states the federal governments responsibility to pay for the Militia’s arms, whether they are “employed in the Service of the United States” or not. I imagine there is also some dusty old law prescribing the discipline of training.

  • BEAU RIVAGE June 3, 2017, 1:01 pm

    WE HAVE NOONE TO BLAME BUT OURSELVES .WHEN WE BEGAN SUING OUR THIN BLUE LINE FOR A LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT SAY, A SHOOT OR NO-SHOOT SCENARIO,THAT IN ITS ENTIRETY TOOK LESS THAN 3 SECONDS.WHEN WE BEGAN INCARCERATING OUR MEN AND WOMEN FOR DOING A VERY TOUGH JOB POORLY. ANY OTHER JOB THAT YOU DO POORLY YOU GET FIRED ,BUT NOT LE ,YOU CAN GOTO PRISON.WHEN THOSE SAME POLITICIANS VOTE DOWN APPROPRIATIONS FURTHER RIOT CONTROL TRAINING.AND DECIDE IT ISNT WARRANTED, WHEN THE HIGH TECH SHOOT/ NO- SHOOT TRAINING APPARATUS IS DEEMED TOO EXPENSIVE .YET ,THOSE SAME ADMINISTRATORS ARE FIRST IN LINE TO CALL FOR JAIL TIME FOR THE IMPROPER ACTIONS OF THE POORLY TRAINED PERSONEL IF A COP IS DIRTY USING A THROW DOWN PIECE TO JUSTIFY A BAD SHOOTING THEN THATS WHEN JAIL TIME IS WARRANTED .BUT TO JAIL A GUY OR GAL FOR SHOOTING SOME GUY (THAT OUT WEIGHED THE OFFICER BY A HUNDRED POUNDS )AND WAS VERY CLOSE TO TAKING THE COPS GUN AWAY., YES THEY SHOULDN’T BE A COP BUT JAIL TIME … BULLSHIT .. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET…. THIS IS PRECISELY THE REACTION YOU’LL RECEIVE WHEN COPS WHO USED TO GO TO THE WALL FOR US BECAUSE IN THE END WE’D HAVE THEIR BACKS, ARE NOW PROTECTING THEIR OWN ASSES…WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WHEN A GUY GOES TO WORK KNOW IF HE MAKES ONE MISTAKE HE’LL LOSE HIS HOME HIS CARS EVERYTHING ….NAME ANOTHER JOB WITH THAT SAME PRESSURE …IT THE BY PRODUCT OF A LITTIGOUS SOCIETY WHEN THERE IS NO SUCH THINGS AS, BAD LUCK,EVERYONE IS TO BLAME FOR SOMETHING.THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ACCIDENT, AN ERROR IN JUDGEMENT…JUST VARYING DERGREES OF NEGLIGENCE AND CULPABILITY WHEN EVERY SCENARIO CALLS FOR FINANCIAL RESTITUTION AND CRIMINAL REPERCUSSIONS WE ” CREATED THIS FUCKED WAY OUR SOCIETY WORKS WHEN DOCTORS MUST PASS BY A MORTALLY WOUNDED MAN FOR FEAR OF BEING SUED IF HE DIDNT RESPOND IN MEDICALLY SOUND FASHIONED …TO STAND BY AND WATCH A MAN BLEED TO DEATH OR A STROKE VICTIM DIES BECAUSE A PASSERBY DIDNT WANT TO BE SUED ….REALLY THATS THE SOCIETY THAT WE HAVE CREATED …WHEN THE LAWYERS TRY TO SQUEEZE OUT MORE AND MORE MONEY AND WE LET THEM , OUR SOCIETY WILL SUFFER… IN WHAT SCREWED UP COUNTRY WOULD STANDING AROUND AND LETTING YOUR NEIGHBOR DIE FROM A HEART ATTACK CUZ HE COULDNT REACH HIS “NITRO” WHERE IN THE WORLD COULD HELPING A COMPLETE STRANGER LAND YOU IN JAIL….WHAT F”D UP COUNTRY COULD A DOCTOR LOOSE HIS HOME IF A PATIENT DIED FROM UNFORESEEN COMPLCATIONS….YEAH ITS THE SAME PLACE WHERE COPS DECIDE IF AND WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO RESPOND TO A CIVIL DISTURBANCE…I’D-SURE HATE TO LIVE THERE…. BUT I DO ! I LIVE IN, AND LOVE THAT COUNTRY ,YET IT SICKENS ME THAT IT’S GOTTEN THIS BAD, BUT WE’VE NO ONE TO BLAME BUT OURSELVES AND IT’S UP TO US TO CHANGE ….ANYONE WHO BELIEVES HIRING A PRIVATE MILITIA TO DEFEND OUR POLITICIANS NEED ONLY LOOK AT NAZI GERMANY 1933 THE STOMTROOPERS THE S/A WERE FORMED TO PROTECT THE NAZIS HITLER FROM VIOLENT ACTS OF POLITICAL RIVALS… OR MUSSOLINI’S “CAMACIA NERA ” THE BROWN SHIRT S” WHO WERE A WELL ORGANIZED GANG WHO WOULD INTIMIDATE AND EVEN MURDER POLITICAL RIVALS OR ANYONE WHO DISAGREED WITH THEIR DOCTRINE…. AND I SPENT NEARLY 25 YEARS IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS (ALL OVER THE WORLD ) THE FIRST THING TO HAPPEN WOULD BE A POLITICAL PARTY WOULD ORGANIZE THEN AQUIRE , A MILITIA AND THEN THEY WOULD DESTROY ANY RIVALS. COINCEDENTALLY THE POLITOICAL AGENEDAS , SUPPORTED BY THE BIGGEST MILLITIA WOULD ALWAYS PREVAIL….POLITICIANS HAVE AGENDAS MILITIA GROUPS HAVE POLITICAL AGENDAS, WHITE SUPREMACISTS HAVE AGENDAS…IF YOU EVER TRY TO LEGITIMISE AND ARM A MILITIA ,UNDER THE GUISE OF PROTECTING ONE POLITICIAN OVER ANOTHER ,ONE POLITICAL IDEA OVER ANOTHER…YOU ARE HEADING FOR A” CRYSTAL NACHT” JUST ASK ANY JEW WHAT THAT WAS ALL ABOUT… THEN SEE FOR YOURSELF , IF A MILITIA WAS A GOOD IDEA ,(HITLER BURNT THE REICHSTADT AND BLAMED IT ON THE JEWS ,HIS STORM TROOPERS WENT NUTS) OR JUST READ UP ON WEST AFRICA DURING THE 80’S- 90’S BLOOD DIAMONDS WERE USED TO FUND AND ARM ,THE MILITIAS….HOW DID THAT WORK OUT.? YOU CAN STILL SEE FIND HUNDREDS OF ONE ARM, ONE LEGGED VICTIMS IN SIERRA LEON, COTE’ DE IVORIE AND LIBERIA MILITIAS ..HISTORY IS CLEAR YOU HAVE A POLITICIAN CREATING A PROBLEM (HE’S AFRAID TO GO OUT CUZ OF THE “BAD PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH MY POLITICS MIGHT HURT ME OR THE JEWS BURNED OUR MOST IMPORTANT BUILDING)) RECENT HISTORY COULDNT BE MORE ON POINT ; WHEN A POLITICIAN STARTS TO INCLUDE MILITIAS INTO HIS POLITICAL EQUATION…DISASTER AND THEN THE DESTRUCTION OF POLITICAL DISCOURSE AND OUR DEMOCRATIC WAY IS CLOSE AT HAND…

  • James C Green June 3, 2017, 2:48 am

    Militias have been a part of America since the beginning. Militias are made up of citizens who choose to help maintain the peace. They are totally legal and should be employed more with the number of radical, mindless, idiots causing serious problems around the country. Also, all law-abiding citizens should carry all the time. It makes society much safer and more friendly.

  • Beachhawk June 3, 2017, 12:16 am

    I doubt that there enough Oath Keepers and 3 Percenters in Portland to have much of an impact on this problem.

  • Ivo Roberts Jr. June 2, 2017, 3:03 pm

    First you (Buchal) select a political party and everyone knows that there will always have conflicting views with the other political parties and if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen . If you want more security than the local police are providing then take out of your check book out of your pocket pay for it. If your political position is one that is honest and working for the people then why are you afraid to be in public. This attack was not directed at a political group, it was directed at an ethnic group which all of us in America should be against and unfortunately 2 out of 3 men died standing against that hate.

  • Tonto Svensen June 2, 2017, 2:12 pm

    So this guy wants to hire Jeremy Christian’s heroes to protect him from people like Jeremy Christian. That’s almost as ironic as the murderer’s name itself. But I can see where it makes sense in a bass-ackward sort of way.

  • Dan June 2, 2017, 2:11 pm

    I don’t have any trouble with people having security if they feel they are in danger. However, both the Oathkeepers and the 3% are anti-government hate groups. They are not sanctioned and trained security groups, they are terrorists.

    • James L Blackburn June 2, 2017, 10:00 pm

      i’ll call you out sir, what makes these a hate groups ? calling for the elected to be counted for what they do? up holding the rules of the land and our laws ? peta is watched and considered to be a hate group, look before you point.

    • John Nash June 3, 2017, 9:17 am

      “Anti government? Or anti tyranny? Huge difference, and how do you jump to the “terrorist” conclusion?

  • Patrick Duffy June 2, 2017, 2:06 pm

    Perhaps everyone should dial back and stop flinging insults at the other side. Both extreme left and extreme right are in the wrong and perhaps they should look at themselves in the mirror. Surely the USA has gone beyond private militias being a civilized country. That is what we have police forces for, to maintain security and protect free speech. Absurd for a politician to consider having a private militia to protect him from “the people”!

    • James L Blackburn June 2, 2017, 9:22 pm

      i agree with you sir, but what if the police are held back by a lib leader, as has been done of late, and i don’t think both of these groups are race related, as i have seen black keepers

  • Dave Brown June 2, 2017, 11:34 am

    Please, How About ALL of US remember we Reap wath we Sow. When we are pointing a finger at anyone We All have 3 fingers pointing back at us. Go back and read your own comment and look at what you wrote with an Open Mind. It seems we are all blaming the other guy for OUR problems. I am guessing any Good Cop will treat the Left & Right the same, but most good old US will not. How about WE get together and once again become US. Good Luck, We need it, Dave

  • Jerry June 2, 2017, 11:15 am

    Instead of armed security what about personal security – make the ability to receive CCWs easier, get some training and protect yourself.

  • JimmyJoe June 2, 2017, 10:06 am

    If Rose City Antifa is against it, you know it’s a good idea.

  • SFC (ret) Gary Crandall June 2, 2017, 9:23 am

    I am a retired US Army non-commission officer, war veteran, VFW life member and NRA life member. I am also a member of The Oath Keepers and damn proud of it! I know the founder of Oath Keepers (Stewart Rhoads) personally, We are good and decent people, unlike the candy-ass snowflake ANTIFA who go around and attacking innocent unarmed folks who just want to live their lives in peace. Oath Keepers is the new “Guardian Angels” of today.

    • Larry June 2, 2017, 11:01 am

      Thank you for your service, my friend.

  • Smith June 2, 2017, 8:51 am

    The Portland police are present at all antifa , black lives matter ,and all the left events why shouldn’t they be present at a right event ? Mabey double standards . If the militia is used the left will start more propaganda about it

  • Jim June 2, 2017, 8:47 am

    “Rose City Antifa, a Portland-based antiracist group, criticized Buchal’s idea.”
    Gee, I wonder what Rose City Antifa has to fear….maybe that one of the THUGS they represents might inadvertently get killed or maimed during the commission of intimidation or robbery toward a law abiding citizen? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD? They want to protect the lawless and nut cases while innocent bystanders loose their lives. DESPICABLE! They should reassess they values system.

  • Tim June 2, 2017, 8:33 am

    How do these people continue to get away with accusing the right to be the violent ones when there is a plethora of recent evidence proving the left are the violent ones??? Nazis, KKK, and other racist hate groups are NOT right wing conservatives. They are now, and have always been, products of the left/fascist movements all over the world. Yet democrats continue to spew the same lies and are rarely challenged by the MSM on them.

    • Dan June 2, 2017, 2:07 pm

      You are delusional

  • Dr Motown June 2, 2017, 8:25 am

    Evergreen State University Police can’t even protect their own professors because they’ve been ordered to stand-down by the cowardly college president. I wouldn’t trust any public official in Portland to protect my free-speech rights either

  • Frank713 June 2, 2017, 8:13 am

    So, just to be clear. A raving anti-immigrant wannabe activist randomly assaults two women on public transport. When bystanders intervene, he without provocation he stabs two of them to death, and seriously wounds a third. Because of this a minor Republican county official tweets that he is afraid for his safety because Democrats might blame Republicans, and as a consequence, without any evidence this is true, is considering asking far right armed groups for protection. And someone thinks this is a potentially reasonable idea?

    • Tom June 2, 2017, 9:52 am

      Because the Mayor of Portland is trying to shut down non-left speaking engagements, the people on the right feel that they are vulnerable because the left feels that gives them “license” to shut down any conservative event. Somehow, conservative events are equated to “hate speech” and gives the left permission to open up multiple cans of “whup-ass.”

  • Mike June 2, 2017, 7:56 am

    Finally! Someone is doing what I’ve suggested for years. Bravo! How novel an idea to form a militia and protect our loved ones too. All us retired military would continue to serve, here, on U.S. Soil…..in a heartbeat!

    • Rick June 4, 2017, 2:13 pm

      Former military, too!

  • KENNETH WETZEL June 2, 2017, 7:46 am

    This is another act from the media, they stir up a story just for this purpose without penalty. They have the police afraid to do their jobs without repercussion. If we do not stop the liberal media from spewing whatever hatred are fake news, this country will never be right again. When there is ever a tragedy the media is always involved. What happened to facts, it’s all about assumption now. This is something you never here our law makers talk about or hold accountable.

  • Sam June 2, 2017, 7:05 am

    The attacker was a Bernie Sanders supporter! He was a democrat!

    • Patrick Duffy June 2, 2017, 2:08 pm

      Bernie is actually and independent and always has been. Too left for the democrats. Also this guy was at alt-right rallies so I guess he is just and angry nut case

    • Dan June 2, 2017, 2:09 pm

      Proof? No, he was a Trump supporter, just like all the fascist, racist bigots that have been emboldened by his hate speech.

      • Rick June 4, 2017, 2:16 pm

        You sir are a lying ass!

  • Mike in Maine June 2, 2017, 6:07 am

    At what point do the responsible and Moderate GOP in Oregon say ‘ENOUGH OF THIS BS ! and remove Buchal ? It’s bad enough that Christian came out and tried to kill the 2 ladies, and instead wound up killing the 2 guy’s who stood up and got killed, and the 3rd who almost got killed, screaming at the top of his lung’s that anybody not born here deserved to die. That’s nothing more than clear White Supremacy, that now with Buchal’s statement’s here, are being seen as a call to raise a clearly White Supremacist Army, and with more-than-Oregon State GOP tacit approval to continue on with what Christian did. It might do the Oregon State GOP General Counsel to go and re-read the State’s CRIMINAL STATUTE’S on such crime’s as SOLICITATION TO COMMIT MURDER, INCITEMENT TO RIOT, 1ST DEGREE MURDER, AACCESSORY BEFORE AND AFTER THE FACT, AND THE OREGON CIVIL PENALTY’S FOR THESE, before Buchal goes any further, or puts the Oregon GOP’s financial neck in to the seen coming noose any more than it is. It’s also not going to come as any bi surprise either to see this, and Christian’s trial and speech’s, see even more Voter Registration’s start coming in, and going Democratic, over this clearly runaway GOP effort to try and intimidate soon-to-be-registering 1ST TIME VOTER’S, now who have a far more clearly abject demonstration of what the GOP’s position is on anyone that the GOP considers ‘Not American Enough’.

  • Franks62 June 2, 2017, 3:57 am

    Seeing how the law “enforcement” in the Portland area dealt with the post election temper tantrums I don’t blame anyone there, either side of the aisle, for not trusting the police to do their jobs. If the police don’t want private organizations/private citizens doing their jobs then maybe the police need to step up and get to work.

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