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High-ranking Democrat Jerry Nadler says Antifa violence in Portland is ‘a myth’

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On Sunday, Democrat House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY) told the press that the violent Antifa riots in Portland were “a myth.”

Congressman Nadler’s claim runs counter to ample video evidence circulating all over social media and also contradicts what the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says about the ongoing chaos in Portland.

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“The violent situation Portland has witnessed for the past eight weeks continues with violent anarchists rioting on the streets as federal law enforcement officers work diligently and honorably to enforce federal law, defend federal property, and protect the lives of their fellow officers,” DHS said in a statement released Sunday.

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“As federal officers left the courthouse to respond to attacks on the fence, just like on previous nights they were met by rioters with hard projectiles, mortar style fireworks and lasers that can cause permanent blindness,” the statement read. “Over the previous 24 hours, such assaults have resulted in at least 14 federal officers injured.”

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Journalist Austen Fletcher approached Nadler and asked if he was opposed to the violent riots.

“It is true. There’s violence across the whole country,” Fletcher said. “Do you disavow the violence from Antifa that’s happening in Portland right now? There’s riots—”

“That’s a myth that’s being spread only in Washington, D.C.,” Nadler responded.

“About Antifa in Portland?” Fletcher followed up.

“Yes—” Nadler doubled down.

What appeared to be an aide accompanying Nadler rushed in to get the Democrat away from the camera and whisked him away to a car awaiting nearby.

“Sir, there’s videos everywhere online,” Fletcher said as Nadler scurried to the waiting car. “There’s fires and riots, they’re throwing fireworks at federal officers. DHS is there.”

“Look online,” Fletcher added. “It gets crazy, Mr. Nadler.”

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