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Fri Sep 11, 2020, 10:35 AM

They Came To Oregon To Take Pictures Of The Fires, Armed Locals Thought They Were Antifa Arsonists

When They Came To An Oregon Town To Take Pictures Of The Fires, Armed Locals Thought They Were Antifa Arsonists

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/christopherm51/oregon-fires-antifa-rumors



Gabriel Trumbly, a Portland videographer who has spent roughly 90 of the past 100 days capturing the protests, wanted to take footage of the forest fires raging in Oregon. So on Wednesday night, the 29-year-old Army veteran, set out with his partner, Jennifer Paulsen, 24, to see what was happening near her childhood home of Molalla, a town of 9,000 people known for its annual rodeo, the Buckeroo. Fires surrounding the town were so intense they had prompted a level-3 “GO NOW” warning to evacuate.

Little did they know when they arrived that Trumbly and Paulsen's presence would spark national rumors that far-left activists were starting fires across the West Coast.

After parking their car on the side of a road, the couple pulled on gas masks and shot video of towering flames. As they worked, they encountered people who had rigged a garden hose to a water tank in the bed of a truck and were trying to put out a fire in the driveway. Trumbly and Paulsen briefly spoke with them, as well as a driver who asked them if they needed any water.

Trumbly and Paulsen, both of whom spoke to BuzzFeed News by phone from Portland on Thursday, said the interactions seemed “normal.” They said the fire was moving quickly, so they didn’t stay long in Molalla. “We thought it was getting a bit dangerous, so we left,” Trumbly said.



They've been promoting paranoia for years. Dangerous people are coming to do bad things to you. Before it was immigrants. Now it's Antifa. People always think I'm an immigrant despite being born/raised in the USA. Anyone looking vaguely liberal can be Antifa these days. Some armed idiot might decide you are Antifa.

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Reply They Came To Oregon To Take Pictures Of The Fires, Armed Locals Thought They Were Antifa Arsonists (Original post)
IronLionZion Sep 2020 OP
GusBob Sep 2020 #1
IronLionZion Sep 2020 #2
GusBob Sep 2020 #6
Permanut Sep 2020 #3
IronLionZion Sep 2020 #4
gratuitous Sep 2020 #5
roamer65 Sep 2020 #7
doubleplusgood Sep 2020 #8
IronLionZion Sep 2020 #9

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 10:38 AM

1. OK I think there is a reason for this

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I live out west and am an outdoors guy so I spend alot of time on hunting and fishing sites on SM

So the posts about these fires are all like: Its Libruls! Its Antifa! Its Biden! Its Tree huggers! (that makes sense?) Its Obama!

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Response to GusBob (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 10:57 AM

2. Tree huggers are setting wildfires?

They love the environment so much they want to burn it all down and pollute the air?

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 11:52 AM

6. Crazy huh?

These folks aint so brite*

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 11:15 AM

3. Oregon native here..

Oregon is a blue state, but we have our share of right wingers, gun huggers, Bible thumpers and racists. Pickup trucks with huge US flags and Gadsden flags flying, Trump cult rallies with not a mask in sight, and local hate filled radio.

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Response to Permanut (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 11:46 AM

4. There's an urban vs rural divide in many states

Which is a key reason GOP wants to sow conflict in cities like Portland. It helps feed the paranoia among rural conservatives. This town in the OP is close to Portland. And the woman in the OP grew up in the small town that now thinks she's Antifa.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 11:51 AM

5. Local neighborhood internet groups are pretty lit up right now

Rumors running wild about people throwing molotov cocktails out the windows of speeding cars and suspicious people lurking around neighborhoods. I think back to my anthro classes and ponder the proposition that our modern society is not all that far removed from the primitive societies that we remember mostly through their folklore and mythology.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 12:10 PM

7. I would assume lower populated Eastern Oregon is largely RW nutbag...

and higher populated Western Oregon is largely solid blue.

Correct on that assumption?

I imagine the closer you get to Idaho, the more Idaho’ish it becomes.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 12:21 PM

8. anywhere outside of Portland & Eugene is R/W

In general, once you get out of the Portland, Eugene and a few other large population centers, it gets extremely conservative real fast. It's not just eastern Oregon, either. Southern Oregon seems to be a hotbed of R/W nutcases.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 01:25 PM

9. Molalla, where this occurred, is close to Portland in Western Oregon.

so it's probably more of an urban vs rural divide. Even Idaho has liberals in some areas like Moscow, a college town.

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