The Oregon Republican Party's official Twitter account tweeted Saturday night that a "heavily armed militia" had "besieged" the state capitol as "Senate Democrats cower in fear" The Oregon GOP Twitter account has one wrong photo used.
Instead of showing citizens wearing guns at weekends, the photo, which still comes from a local TV video broadcast, seems to be showing a wood industry protest earlier this week. House Bill 2020, an ambitious CAP and trade initiative ,
The misleading tweet is the latest in an escalating struggle between US Democrats and Republicans, some of whom have reportedly fled the state after refusing to vote on the Climate Change Act (the same law) state lumberjacks protested.
The same image used by the state's GOP Twitter account was found in a June 19 article posted by employees of FOX 12 on the local news site KPTV.com in Salem, Oregon the Climate Protection Act, which passed the House vote earlier this week.
The law should go to the Senate next. However, state senators did not have the opportunity to vote on the climate change initiative, as some Senate Republicans had apparently fled the state Thursday to prevent quorum. This meant that too few legislators were present to hold the vote.
Kate Brown (D) sent police from Oregon to track down Republican lawmakers. In turn, an Oregon militia group calling III% (the three percent) promised Republicans "safety, transport and shelter" and pledged "to do anything to protect these senators."
The Oregon Capitol Building was closed on Saturday due to a "possible militia threat". A group of local republicans were scheduled to protest in the Capitol yesterday, and anti-government groups, including the Oregon Three Percenters, were threatened. Some people were still emerging, but as a local reporter's tweet showed, it did not seem to have nearly the size that the GOP-Tweet proposed on Saturday night.
"There was a small cluster of groups here who either did not understand the message or gave their own to the leadership," wrote Dan McCarthy of KATU News Capitol. On Saturday, the Republicans of Marion County canceled their rally today in Salem. There was a small cluster of groups who either did not understand the message or had to give their own message to the leadership @KATUNews pic.twitter.com/L0Vq7HpSCP
– Dan McCarthy (@DanMcKATU ) June 22, 2019
According to KATU News, the Senate is due to meet on Sunday at 10 am local time, and "there should be a much larger crowd outside the Capitol".
The out-of-control Republicans face fines of $ 500 per person per day until their return. However, there are already fundraising calls to help legislators hide.
On June 20, a new Political Action Committee (PAC) was launched – the booth with our Senators PAC – to the Knut Bühler, the Republican nominee for the governorship during the 2018 donated $ 5,000 in the medium term. A GoFundMe reportedly collected $ 30,000 in just 24 hours.