So you see, the Republicans have engaged in dirty tricks for a long time to discredit Democrats. “Fake news” was occurring at least as long ago as 1972, probably even back to the late 18th century campaigns in one form or another. While it goes the other way at times, the Dem tricks have not been as numerous or blatant in modern times. Some say this accused killer could have been paid by a right-wing benefactor to engage in such diversionary techniques and discredit Democrats. That is entirely possible.
Enter shills like Schilling, who picks up on the narrative that the accused Portland killer is another “racist liberal.” That fits in with Schilling’s agenda and, ultimately, the Republican far-right agenda.