The 2020 Portland Protest Shooting refers to a fatal shooting during the demonstrations that occurred in Portland, Oregon in late August 2020. As part of Portland’s ongoing protests since the death of George Floyd, a caravan of supporters of President Trump traveled to the city and clashed with counterprotesters, resulting in one man being shot and killed during the unrest. Several other incidents between the two groups took place prior to the shooting, including thrown objects, pepper spray, burning flags and paintball guns. Numerous arrests were also made over the course of the night.
On August 29th, 2020, a caravan of pro-Trump supporters gathered at a shopping mall near Portland and proceeded to travel into the city’s downtown area. That same day, New York Times correspondent Mike Baker posted numerous videos of the event on Twitter, including the initial gathering of the Trump supporters (seen below) that received over 2.2 million views, 28,000 likes and 12,000 retweets in roughly 42 hours.
I’m out in the Portland suburbs, where hundreds of Trump supporters are gathering for an event. They say they will be driving into Portland later tonight. pic.twitter.com/NUHy5e4TnP
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) August 29, 2020
Clashes. Trump people unload paintballs and pepper spray. They shot me too. pic.twitter.com/PwU5pZMLnV
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) August 30, 2020
Several videos of the shooting went viral on social media, which also trended on Twitter, depicting the event and the aftermath. On August 30th, Twitter user stillgray tweeted a video showing the shooting. The clip (seen below) received over 475,000 views, 830 likes and 480 retweets in roughly 36 hours.
This was the fatal shooting that just took place in Portland, Oregon. It does not appear to be related to the ongoing Antifa protest. pic.twitter.com/79OrmNuXAx
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 30, 2020
In the following days, online discussions and debates flooded numerous social media platforms, ranging from supporters to detractors of either side involved. Several high profile politicians also took to their social media to comment on the shooting. On August 30th, Donald Trump tweeted a slew of comments on the event (shown below, left), receiving over 120,000 likes and 31,000 retweets in roughly 22 hours. Joe Biden also shared his response on Twitter that day (shown below, right), receiving over 118,000 likes and 29,000 likes in roughly 22 hours.
“He was a f–ing Nazi! Our community held its own.”
Antifa & BLM in Portland celebrate the homicide of a purported Trump supporter who was affiliated with Patriot Prayer, a Portland-area conservative group. pic.twitter.com/xjIWk0KHN2
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020