Activists shouted down Navy veteran Dario Raschio in his moment of honor at event hosted by Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden
Crowd applauded when Raschio scolded them to ‘show a little respect’ but the rest of the event was canceled after 45 minutes of chaos
One protester was caught on video threatening a security guard: ‘I’ll break your jaw, old man!’
Wyden told group they could speak ‘early on’ in the meeting but leader decided to ‘take over the town hall right now’
She insisted that the meeting ‘belongs to the black people’
A senator’s town hall meeting in Portland, Oregon was called off early on Saturday after anti-police and minimum-wage-hike protesters shouted down a 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran’s medal ceremony,
Shouting ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ and ‘I can’t breathe,’ more than 100 mostly African-American activists jousted verbally with hecklers from the audience who were assembled for a dialog with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden – and to honor Dario Raschio.
When the ensuing chaos reached a fever pitch, the centenarian Raschio took the microphone to scold the protesters.
‘Give me a chance,’ the soft-spoken vet said. ‘Let’s show a little respect for this occasion.’
Wyden planned to honor 100-year-old Dario Raschio and tweeted that he was pleased ‘to present my neighbor with long-overdue medals he earned in WWII’
I’LL BUST YOUR JAW, OLD MAN!’: One activist (right) threatened to harm a campus public safety officer if protesters weren’t allowed inside
‘God bless America. And you people who are here for a cause, whatever it might be – show respect to Senator Wyden,’ he urged, bringing an eruption of applause from the audience.
But the boisterous chants grew so loud – including shouts for a $15 minimum wage and the end of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East – that the meeting was disbanded 45 minutes after it was scheduled to begin.
Raschio’s medal presentation was the only part of the day’s agenda that actually happened.
The senator awarded him the U.S. Naval Aviator Badge, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the “Ruptured Duck” award and the U.S. Navy Honorable discharge pin.
He also received a flag that was flown over the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Wyden never got a chance to conduct his planned question-and-answer session with the public.
Written by David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail
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