Portland braces for violence at pro-Trump rally this weekend

Ian Osgood lights a candle at the memorial near the light-rail station in Portland where three men on a train were stabbed after a man yelled anti-Muslim taunts at two teenage girls. Two of the men died. (Kristyna Wentz-Graff / For The Times)

For decades, Portland has basked in its reputation for protest.

But few people here are looking forward to a pro-Trump rally Sunday that’s expected to draw a wide swath of potentially armed white supremacists and allied antigovernment protesters from around the country.

The city has been on edge since a white supremacist who attended similar rallies was accused of killing two men who were defending teenagers from anti-Muslim taunts on a train last week. Police are anticipating violence if the demonstration goes forward as planned.

The “Trump Rally for Free Speech” is expected to draw figures in the loose-knit movement founded by white nationalists that calls itself…



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