Tensions have been elevated lately with many high profile incidents between Trump supporters and those that oppose U.S. President Donald Trump and his followers. Now, there has been another incident, this time in Portland, Oregon with the death of another man and Trump as well as the Mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler are throwing digital punches of their own.
Over the weekend a man was shot and killed in downtown Portland Saturday night, as President Donald Trump supporters clashed with protesters against police, few details have emerged thus far about what took place, New York Post reported.
The Portland police identified Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, as the suspect who was involved in the death of Aaron Danielson, a “supporter” of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group who was part of a caravan of Trump supporters who flooded the city Saturday, police sources told The Oregonian.
The suspect was identified by a distinctive tattoo on his neck of a “black power” fist — as well as a call from his estranged sister who recognized him in video and photos of the deadly attack, the paper said.
The 36-year-old sister which The Oregonian agreed not to name received a threatening call that woke her at 8 a.m. Sunday warning that “our whole family was in danger unless we turned him over.”
“We reached out to police and confirmed that we recognized Michael in the screenshots” from the shooting, she told the paper.
The man who is apparently a father of two is estranged from most of his family — including his parents — after stealing from them, according to his sister.
“On the one hand, this whole thing surprises the daylights out of us, because we always thought he is a lot of bark, not a lot of bite,” she said. “But he’s also been very impulsive and irrational.”
She condemned the shooting as “not the solution” to the nation’s problems.
“Violence begets violence and hatred begets hatred. This is not the solution. My heart goes out to the victim. It always has, before I even knew my brother was involved.”
Danielson was shot in the chest, police said. They also said that it wasn’t clear whether the killing was politically motivated.
However, the evidence seems to suggest that may be the case. The man who was killed was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group that has clashed with protesters in the past, according to New York Times reporter Mike Baker.
Further, the suspected shooter’s own social media posts seem to indicate that as well. Reinoehl’s Instagram page has regular posts about Black Lives Matter and the protests — which is now inundated with threats and pro-Trump messages in the comments.
“Every Revolution needs people that are willing and ready to fight,” he wrote in June, comparing it to his time in the Army.
“I am 100 % ANTIFA all the way! I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters!” he said, insisting he would not “run” from violence.
“It will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties,” he wrote, calling protesters and Antifa “my brothers in arms.”
Trump tweeted “Rest In Peace” referencing the man on Twitter.
The police tweeted Saturday that there had been “some instances of violence between demonstrators and counterdemonstrators.”
Justin Dunlap, who witnessed the shooting and captured some of the altercations on his Facebook live stream, said he “didn’t hear much lead up to it.”
“I heard like three seconds of yelling and saw a guy spray bear mace,” Dunlap told CNN. “The victim sprayed mace and launched it right into the other guy.”
However, he is unsure where the shots originated from. “I’ve watched the video 100 times, slow-mo and on my TV, and still don’t know where the shots actually came from,” Dunlap said.
Dunlap said that the victim had earlier used bear mace on the crowd, and someone could be heard on his video shouting that the victim was a “motherf—er who has been pushing people and jumping people the entire time.”
“That guy has been f—king with people the entire time,” he shouted.
Police said it was still too early in the investigation to draw conclusions.
“I ask everyone to give the detectives time to do their important work before drawing conclusions about what took place,” Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement.
President Donald Trump and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler fought on Twitter and on TV in the wake of the shooting.
“Ted Wheeler, the wacky Radical Left Do Nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland, who has watched great death and destruction of his City during his tenure, thinks this lawless situation should go on forever. Wrong! Portland will never recover with a fool for a Mayor….,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Trump on Monday continued his attacks on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Twitter, calling him a “joke of a mayor” following the comments that he was a “fool” on Sunday.
He also, added that, “Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years. If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!” Trump tweeted Monday.
Wheeler slammed Trump at the press conference on Sunday, NBC News reported. “Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence?” Wheeler said. “It’s you who have created the hate and the division.”
“The tragedy of last night cannot be repeated,” Wheeler said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what your politics are — we have to all stop the violence.” He added, “I’d appreciate that the president either supports us or he stays the hell out of the way.”