The move comes after Fridays deadly stabbing attack in Portland in which two people were killed and a third injured whiledefending a Muslim teenfrom a man shouting anti-Islamic slurs.
James Buchal, chair of the Republican party for Multnomah County, which includes Portland,told The Guardian that GOP figures may need a security force protecting them while out in public. When asked if he meant private groups, Buchal told the newspaper, Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.
But Buchal said these groups were under consideration for his security force plan.
Yeah. Were thinking about that,Buchal was quoted as saying. Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis.
Buchal also denied that the groups were extremists despite their designations, and specifically defended the Three Percenters, saying their website had asolid commitment to this not being about race at all.
The Anti-Defamation League said both groups promote the idea that the federal government is plotting to take away the rights of American citizens and must be resisted.
Buchal, a lawyer whounsuccessfully ran for office in Oregon several times, defended his militia plan on Twitter after one user likened it to the ill-fated attempt to use Hells Angels as security during a 1969 music festival in California, whichled to deadly violence.
Clever, Buchal wrote on Twitter. But I dont think it is fair to analogize the Hells Angels to group organized to defend the Constitution.
Buchal also used that same Twitter account to push conspiracy theories about Seth Rich, a young Democratic National Committee staffer killed last year in Washington.
In recent months, Portland has been the scene of numerous protests, including some that have turned violent, such as a May Day rally that led to 25 arrests. In the wake of Fridays deadly attack, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is trying to cancel events sponsored by right-wing groups,including a Trump Free Speech Rally.