Portland Republican wants to use militia groups for security after deadly train attack
By Brian Seay
Multnomah County GOP Chair James Buchal (Photo: Facebook)
In the wake of a deadly, racially charged stabbing on Friday, a Republican in Portland says he’s considering using militia groups for security.
Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal told the Guardian a security force would be an appropriate thing to consider for public events as tensions fester.
“I am sort of evolving to the point where I think that it is appropriate for Republicans to continue to go out there,” Buchal said. “And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”
“Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis,” he said.
The comments come just days after a deadly rampage on a light rail train. Police say Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was directing an anti-Muslim tirade at two women. When three men intervened, authorities say Christian attacked them with a knife, killing two of them, and injuring the third. Prosecutors say he confessed to the rampage after his arrest. In a court appearance on Tuesday, Christian shouted, “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism!”
For Buchal, it was the cancellation of a parade late last month that first attracted him to the militia groups. The