There’s a famous centuries-old parable by Aesop about a farmer who finds a snake freezing in the snow. Overcome with compassion, the farmer picks up the serpent and folds it under his clothes next to his chest to keep it warm. Once the snake has been revived, it bites the farmer, who, just before dying, expresses his shock that his generosity has been answered by such betrayal.
The snake responds by reminding the farmer, “You knew what I was when you picked me up.”
The Portland General Defense Committee is learning a hard lesson in picking up snakes after realizing that the tens of thousands of dollars they’d been shucking out to help violent protesters get out of jail was being pocketed by the very criminals they were trying to help.