Who is Aaron Danielson?
An Oregon newspaper has named the man under investigation for shooting Danielson as Michael Reinoehl. You can read more about him here. Eight weeks ago, Reinoehl wrote on Instagram, “Happy black lives matters day!!! #blacklivesmatter #breonnataylor #anewnation.” On July 4, he shared a video of a demonstration on Instagram, writing, “F*** Donald Trump #blacklivesmatter #breonnataylor #anewnation.” The video shows people chanting “F*** Donald Trump.” It also contains repeated use of the N word, although it’s not clear who is saying it. Another photo on Instagram showed a demonstrator on a statute that had the words “No Gestapo” painted on it. “😂 he replaced the statue,” wrote Reinoehl. He was previously accused of racing with his son while under the influence and bringing a gun to a protest.
Well, that confirms it’s jay bishop…. and chandler pappas in the white pic.twitter.com/AjNKYdVLWZ
— Kodiak (@beklager691) August 30, 2020
Enhanced video of Portland shooting pic.twitter.com/nRkUAQsBo9
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 30, 2020
In one Instagram photo, Reinoehl, 48, showed off a “battle scar” from a demonstration. Multiple photos show protests and riots. “Juneteenth Portland Oregon #f***thepolice #blaklivesmatter,” he wrote with one picture. “Hands up don’t shoot!” he wrote with another. “Elmo says make sure you stock up on condoms cuz it’s time to f*** the system,”
Graphic photos emerged of Danielson’s body lying at the scene. Be forewarned that the pictures are very disturbing. A video, which is also disturbing, appears to show a person open fire at close range as Danielson walked down the street and another shows people tending to Bishop. You can watch them below, but they are very graphic.
— Simulation Warlord🇺🇸 (@zerosum24) August 30, 2020
This video shows a person rushing up to Danielson, referring to him as “Jay.” A lot of confusion erupted on social media over the different names; however, he’s referred to as Aaron “Jay” Danielson in an approved GoFundMe and as Jay by a friend in a graphic video at the scene. A tweet shared by President Donald Trump and a major Oregon newspaper referred to the deceased man as Jay Bishop, and some on social media claimed he used that as a pseudonym to protect himself from Antifa, although that was not confirmed. Confusing matters, people are sharing the criminal history of a different Jay Byron Bishop who isn’t the man who died. An apparently fake GoFundMe account in Jay Bishop’s name was taken down, confusing people more. Although it’s clear he did go by the name Jay at times, it’s not clear whether he ever used Bishop.
“Rest In Peace Jay!” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on August 30. He retweeted a post by a Trump supporter that read,
This is Jay Bishop.
He was a good American that loved his country and Backed the Blue.
Flag of United States
He was murdered in Portland by ANTIFA.
Jay, we will never forget you.
Rest In Peace my friend.
Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a news conference, “This afternoon my heart is heavy. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the man who was killed last night on the streets of our city. I mourn with you.”
He pledged to hold accountable “those who are responsible.” He said he was denouncing “the violence” and said it “doesn’t matter who you are and what your politics are, we need to all stop the violence.”
Wheeler urged people not to come to seek “retribution” and “stay away to deescalate this situation.”
However, it’s the next things Wheeler said that provoked controversy and a strong retort from the president.
In the press conference, Wheeler strongly criticized Trump for everything from rhetorical attacks on “Democratic mayors” to former Republican Senator John McCain. “Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It is you who have created the hate and division,” Wheeler said.
“It is you who have not said the names of Black people who were killed by police officers… it’s you who claim that white supremacists are good people.” He called Trump “anti-Democratic.” He said America needs “for you to be stopped,” referring to Trump.
He said the people at the pro-Trump caravan rally “were supported and energized by the president himself. President Trump, for four years, we’ve had to live with you and your racist attacks against Black people. We learned early of your sexist attitudes toward women.”
Rest In Peace Jay! https://t.co/j6FYxIygmh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2020
Trump retweeted an author/comedian’s tweeted that read, “Hey Ted Wheeler, Nobody believes that Trump hurting your feelings with mean words is why ANTIFA is burning Portland to the ground.”
The president countered:
Ted Wheeler, the wacky Radical Left Do Nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland, who has watched great death and destruction of his City during his tenure, thinks this lawless situation should go on forever. Wrong! Portland will never recover with a fool for a Mayor….He tried mixing with the Agitators and Anarchists and they mocked him. He would like to blame me and the Federal Government for going in, but he hasn’t seen anything yet. We have only been there with a small group to defend our U.S. Courthouse, because he couldn’t do it…..The people of Portland, like all other cities & parts of our great Country, want Law & Order. The Radical Left Democrat Mayors, like the dummy running Portland, or the guy right now in his basement unwilling to lead or even speak out against crime, will never be able to do it! LAW & ORDER!!!
Gibson shared a GoFundMe page in the name of Aaron Danielson that he said is the authentic one; he warned people that there are also fake GoFundMe pages being set up too. Almost $5,000 has been raised.
Aaron “Jay” Danielson “was a Portland citizen who went downtown to express his opinions during the unrest and was shot and killed on the evening of Saturday August 29th. There are multiple fraudulent go fund me accounts that are set up. This is the OFFICIAL page where the family will be supported. Please do not donate to other pages claiming it is for the family. Thank you for your support,” the official GoFundMe page reads.
Support erupted for Bishop/Danielson among conservatives posting on Gibson’s page. “I think his family should sue the city council an the mayor and the gov for letting this happen and not protecting the citizens…they want to blame Trump but he has been offering help and the mayor and gov has denied it,” wrote one woman.
“This is so devastating. To be murdered for your beliefs. Wheeler and Brown are Trump blaming instead of taking responsibility. It is absurd and I sadly believe this is the beginning of a civil war that has been brewing for sometime. RIP Patriot,” wrote another person on the page.