Hamilton Sign Supporters

Sheriff Rob Snaza speaks with a microphone to Hamilton sign supporters in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza and Chief Bruce Kimsey addressed a group of residents in the Bethel Church parking lot in Napavine on Tuesday night regarding the Uncle Sam Hamilton sign amid rumors of a protest against the sign. Look for an updated story at chronline.com

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Sheriff Rob Snaza speaks with a microphone to Hamilton sign supporters in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Sheriff Rob Snaza speaks with a microphone to Hamilton sign supporters in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Sheriff Rob Snaza shakes hands with Hamilton sign supporters in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Scott, from Clark County, holds a sign in opposition of ‘Antifa’ in front of the Hamilton sign Tuesday afternoon in Napavine.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Sean Swope, candidate for county commissioner, talks about why he attended Snaza’s speech in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

A sign that reads ’Support Your Local Police’ sits on a truck with flags as it pulls through the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Hamilton sign supporters mingle in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Men wearing highlighted vests park their vehichles in front of the Hamilton sign Tuesday afternoon in Napavine.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

A 1932 Ford sits in the parking lot of Bethel Church with a sign supporting Culp for Governor Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

A flag with imagery of a bald eagle and Satue of Liberty waves in the parking lot of Bethel Church with a sign supporting Culp for Governor Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Hamilton sign supporters mingle in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Hamilton sign supporters mingle in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Hamilton sign supporters mingle in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

A Hamilton sign supporter talks about the weapons he brought to the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

Hamilton Sign Supporters

Sheriff Rob Snaza smiles as Hamilton sign supporters surround him in the parking lot of Bethel Church Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis.

(38) comments

ElleVee

There was NEVER any protests planned. The boot licking Nazis at the little gathering there made it up just because they looking for a fight. Snaza fanned the flames of their hatred and ignorance. This was disgusting.

Reidamus

Yes there were protests planned. The Holiday inn had Chicago antifa shacked up there with rooms paid for by antifa. They trashed the rooms there. Then, we’re dumb enough to brag about their plans to burn down the Hamilton sign yesterday. F antifa

Reidamus

Snaza is the face of Lewis County. Known him a long time. If you don’t like him you need to pack your belongings, and move somewhere else. You are not wanted here.

Reidamus

We love all people here. Including the Jewish. We just hate Antifa. Stay the “F” away from here and you’ll stay safe. Make sure you wear your masks.

SixToeCalico

Did these people have permission from Bethel Church to hold their demonstration in their parking lot? If not the Sheriff should have removed them as they are trespassing. Instead he in full official uniform and a sworn officer of the law verbally expressed his own personal opinion on the use of masks to a group who obviously have little concern for the health and well being of others.

Reidamus

Six toe needs to go to live somewhere else. You don’t belong here and you’re not wanted here. Head to Portland or Olympia. Your kind lives there. If you left the country would be even better.

SixToeCalico

I do hope the Chronicle will remove the picture of the banner with the F word from it's post. I admit I am very offended and I don't like the word offended right now.

Reidamus

The “F” word is freedom of speech. Your antifa posse like that word quite a lot. So shut the “F” up here and pack your things and leave if you live here. If you don’t live here. Worry about your own home town.

SixToeCalico

You need to read your own rules and remove the picture with the F word. Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.

SixToeCalico

To Mr. R who who said I need to move to Portland or Oly. I have lived here 70+ years and 20 years ago if you used the F word as often as you do someone would have washed your mouth out with soap.

YourNeighbor

Defaced American flags In nearly every shot. You people sure do care about your laws around here. Except when you don't. One's nose gets accustomed to the stink of hypocrisy if one smells it all the time.

Momoffour

Love Sheriff Snaza and the other patriots who support Constitutional freedoms!!

billmanus

The Blue Mafia loves it when you lick their boots

Roger A. McLean

This type of coverage is not helpful during these times--exposing hate and fear of a the far right fringe group. I noticed no one was wearing a mask and certainly no minorities were present.

Reidamus

Wear your mask and you’ll be fine. I’m sure you’re wearing it correctly at all times and not touching it. We care about our town. Once again, if you live here. It sounds like you need to move somewhere else. You’re mentality does not fit in here.

Reidamus

My comments aren’t okay? This is Lewis County I thought.

Teven

Rock on Sheriff Snaza!

https://youtu.be/SM8dtQjAvRE

Reidamus

Crayons that are different colors means nothing. Opinions, views, and social interaction are what separate everyone. Race card is ridiculous.

profinchehalis

But when the F word is posted describing the police it is okay? Get over being offended.

DevastationPackwood.com

I support the Hamilton Billboard and love to see what they have up there when I drive to Chehalis and I think Rob Snaza is a good sheriff, but he is setting the wrong example here by being the lead speaker at this mostly unmasked crowd event and shaking hands and embracing people afterwards. Be careful Rob, we are not out of the woods with COVID-19 yet. Lewis County had the highest weekly count ever with 11 new cases and we have yet to see what this week brings. We don't want to go back to Phase I like Yakima county. It's like the dark ages over there with them in Phase I and everyone masked. We have moved quickly to Phase III and don't need to temp a a setback.

Reymundo

Yeah, that sign with the (eff-word) off antifa is really terrible and in bad taste. However, I'll be forever grateful for the Antifa Patriots who defeated the Nazis in the second world war. I've always thought that supporting your neighbors is a good thing; showing up with guns (guns, for what purpose) in the church parking lot to defend racist and homophobic language doesn't really cut it. Love my Centralia folk, but this sort of display is truly unAmerican.

1Skeptic2

“(U)nAmerican”? Beg to differ. It’s quintessentially American. Re-read the Bill of Rights with special attention paid to the First and Second Amendments. Just like the sign itself says. The Bill of Rights applies to _all_, not just leftist progressives.

Reymundo

We agree, free speech is quintessentially American. Speech meant to demean, divide, and denigrate our neighbors (as the billboard author regularly does) is, by definition Anti-American free speech. Remember, America first! USA! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

indoor-outdoor-guy

Since when is free speech un-American? Why is it o.k. to burn American flags still then? I don't like that, but it's protected. Like the language or not, if the sign gets taken down, it's just one step closer to censored speech for everyone who doesn't have a "P.C. opinion" or an opinion that doesn't fit the narrative of the cancel culture.

Reidamus

You fit the centralia description perfectly. Misfits of our county. You don’t sound like an American if you think this is un-American

billwall55

hey reymundo .what was that emoticon you sent me . do you not wear a mask?

Reymundo

It was a thumbs up. Doesn't everybody wear a mask?

Reymundo

One more thought, not really surprised that the church would allow this in their parking lot. It was in Bible Baptist Church in Stockton, California where I learned that it was okay to call people the n-word and think of my neighbors as lower than me because I was white and they were not. I understand this mindset; we need to use love to overcome it, that's the only thing that works.

Bert_666

Just like to point out that the photo of Scott with his “f” Antifa sign features the symbol for the Proud Boys, a group designated by the SPLC as a far-right hate group.

Waylon53

Since when is the Southern Poverty Law Center a beacon for deciding what groups are far-right? They are a self-serving group that targets those who don't agree with them as far right.

drriley

I agree with most of the comments on here that this was a staged spectacle and the muscle flexing of the well know White Supremacists and Matt Shea groups that live in this area. There was NO organized protest, it is a signature petition that is being circulated among sane residents of our county. More shameful than these small minded gun-toting lunatics gathering to make a scene is the f*****g Law Enforcement Officers out there shaking hands and encouraging them. No wonder Police Brutality is at the forefront of our problems.... they are White Supremacists and Matt Shea cohorts infiltrating our systems to create their fascist dream state.

billmanus

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drriley

I believe any "sane" Lewis County citizen needs to do as I have and complain to the County Commissioners to call for the Firing of Sheriff Rob Sanza. He clearly violated his oath of office when he showed up to a "staged farce" and took sides on public safety matters then took it one step further when he publicly called for public defiance of the Governor's Health Orders. He has violated not only the oath of his office, but also the Constitution of the State of Washington, and the U.S. Constitution. He needs to be fired.

Reymundo

,👍🏽🇺🇸❗

33luco

Patriots that support constitutional freedom also support the right of speech to protest. Atifa is not a unified body just a loose collection of powerless nothings. The Right is giving them undeserved notoriety for pretty much nothing. Call it what is just a rally cry. Was there a protest? No just some gun nuts sucked in by internet trolls that now know the right button to press.

ceverett

You go Snaza. All these snowflake liberals can leave if they don’t like it here in America. I have never been prouder someone finally takes a stand and it’s about time.

Stand for my anthem, leave the statues alone and go back to chopville if your a stinkin liberal

Port of Winlock

"Hey,.... this is a warning to all you "Antifa Nut Jobs", Rural residents will gladly take all of you on!"....

The rest of Washington take note.....

billwall55

only smart people wear masks !

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