Throughout the 2020 presidential election, both the left and the right used the months-long protests and riots in Portland, OR, as evidence to tar the other side.
For the right, the images of a city burning every night for months served as evidence of the violent anarchical order that utterly overwhelmed the sixth most populated city on the West Coast. For the left, videos of Portland police officers using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds served as helpful proof of "police escalation" to maintain order in the city. Media condemnations of President Donald Trump showed clips of federal officers arresting demonstrators, accusing him of fostering a police state.
After election night, Portland's usefulness as political ammunition diminished in the mainstream media. Gone were the headlines about the unrest in an American city under the former president's heavy hand. Neverth...
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