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September 08, 2020
     President Trump on Sunday shared video of a Portland protester accidentally being set on fire set to the song “Footloose” — dubbing the scene “sick.” “These are the Democrats ‘peaceful protests.’ Sick!” Trump wrote as he retweeted the clip shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino. The footage — set to the Kenny Loggins song — shows the protester with his lower pant legs in flames frantically running away from another small fire in the street, near a police line in the city on Saturday.

     As the man runs in panic, police can be heard declaring the protest a riot, and they begin deploying tear gas. Fellow protesters work to extinguish the burning man. Police in riot gear also rush toward the suffering man, but their offer of assistance was rebuffed. At the time of the video, officers had blocked hundreds of protesters from converging on the Southeast Portland precinct as part of a demonstration against police violence and systemic racism, The Oregonian reported.

     The march had begun at 9 p.m. local time, and dozens of cops arrived to block protesters’ path, reportedly announcing over a loudspeaker that they wouldn’t allow demonstrators near the precinct “for the safety of city employees, community members and nearby residents.” It shows the Dems are at fault for the chaos.

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