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Patriot Prayer Is Dragging Antifa Into An Unwinnable PR War (HBO)

For someone running for Senate in Washington, Joey Gibson spends a lot of time out of state.

Despite his candidacy, Gibson is best known as the founder of Patriot Prayer, a group which publicly disavows racism but has a record for throwing rallies that attract violent white supremacists. And over the last few months, his group has made regular appearances in Portland, a liberal enclave that they claim needs to be “cleansed.”

On Saturday, Patriot Prayer held a “Freedom March” in Portland. Around a thousand counter protesters showed up, far outnumbering the 200 or so people who came to support Patriot Prayer.

But Gibson isn’t playing a numbers game. His strategy appears to focus more on creating moments that will make leftists look violent — and himself look like a victim.

And it seems to be working, at least for his base.

VICE News went to the source to see how street protests are spiraling into an online PR war.

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(5 Aug 2018) Here’s the latest for Sat., Aug. 4: Roller coaster nuclear diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea; A right-wing group and anti-fascist protesters rally in Portland; A Russian helicopter crashes in Siberia; President Trump insults LeBron James. ( Aug. 4)

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Heavy Police Presence At Rally In Portland

(4 Aug 2018) A right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters rallied in Portland, Oregon, Saturday as police tried to prevent the gatherings from turning violent as they have before. (Aug. 4)

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Raw: Destructive Wildfires in Oregon, California

(2 Aug 2018) A new fast-moving fire east of Portland, Oregon quickly burned through an estimated 9 square miles and forced mandatory evacuations on Wednesday. Officials say two fires in Northern California have burned at least 140 square miles. (Aug. 2)

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Arson Investigated in Fatal Oregon Wildfire

(19 Jul 2018) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says state investigators will help determine if a wildfire that killed a tractor operator was intentionally set. The fire has burned nearly 80 square miles east of Portland (July 19)

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Raw: Wildfires Burning In Oregon, California

(19 Jul 2018) A tractor operator was killed in a wildfire that scorched 70 square miles east of Portland, Oregon. Authorities say the person was likely trying to hold back flames. In California officials say a fire burned 120 acres northwest of Los Angeles. (July 19)

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