Report: More Than Half of Anti-Trump Protesters in Portland Didn’t Vote in Oregon
The majority of the anti-Donald Trump protesters—69 in all—who were arrested in Portland, Oregon, didn’t vote in the 2016 election or weren’t registered to vote in the state of Oregon, local broadcaster KGW-TV reported on Monday.
The report said that 34 of the protesters didn’t return a ballot on Nov. 8, while another 35 who were arrested weren’t registered to vote. KGW compiled a list of 112 people who were detained by the Portland Police Bureau during recent protests.
The voting status of 17 protesters who were arrested have not been confirmed, KGW said.
On Saturday night, police said a protest against Trump devolved into a “riot” after demonstrators blocked streets, threw objects at police, and attacked a news crew. Some of the protesters dragged barricades onto metro train tracks.
In other major cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C., protests erupted after Trump secured victory on Election Day.
Neither President Obama, nor Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, have issued comments on the protests.
However, Vermont senator and self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton, said he supports the protests, noting that “people are angry” over Trump’s win. “People are angry. People are upset. And they want to express their point of view that they are very frightened, in very, very strong disagreement with Mr. Trump, who has made bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign,” he told USA Today.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, also urged Americans to keep protesting against Trump, the New York Daily News reported. “We have to recognize that all over this country, the more disruption that’s caused peacefully … the more it will change the trajectory of things,” he was quoted as saying.