As has become commonplace in the northwestern city of Portland, Oregon, protests, and riots filled the streets this past weekend. However, unlike most nights, Saturday’s events ended in death for one man, a pro-Trump protester who had come to take part in a counter-protest in the city.
Naturally, the next morning, Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler gave a press conference to speak of the night’s tragedy and to condemn the violence and unrest that has continued in his city for 90 some nights straight now.
However, with his very next breath, Wheeler used the opportunity to also condemn President Donald Trump and actually blame him for all the problems Portland has seen in recent months.
He began the conference by giving a brief description of what had happened the night before but didn’t get very far before he was apparently overcome with anger towards Trump and unloaded a bevy of criticism towards him.
“Yesterday’s events began with hundreds of cars filled with supporters of the President rallying in Clackamas County and then driving through downtown Portland. They were supported and energized by the President himself.”
Well, I would hope so since it was a “pro-Trump” protest.
But then Wheeler went into a long address of the wrongs that Trump has done over the last four years. He even changed format and began speaking as though if Trump were right in front of him, using the second person pronouns of ‘you’ and ‘your.’
He said, “President Trump, for four years we have had to live with you and your racist attacks on black people. We learned early about your sexist attitudes toward women. We’ve had to endure clips of you mocking a disabled man…”
Wheeler went on like this for some time, bringing up anything he could think of that might sound bad. From Trump’s supposed racism towards blacks, Asians, and “Mexicans” to his “attack” of our nation’s democratic way of life, Mayor Wheeler thought of it all.
Then he remarked that all of this had created an atmosphere of “hate and division,” the likes of which our nation has never seen before. He asked, “Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence?”
You mean to tell me it doesn’t have anything to do with the years of Antifa violence that has been allowed in Portland since Wheeler’s assumption of the city and even before?
The Rose City has long been a Democratic stronghold. And as such, liberal antics and schemes, such as letting serious crime go unpunished, has been permitted to prosper for years.
Remember conservative writer Andy Ngo? An Antifa crowd physically attacked him in Portland, based on racial and political motives. His attackers were never prosecuted. In fact, Portland, in recent years, has become known as a sanctuary of sorts for criminals, as it is frowned upon to even report a crime.
And yet Wheeler dares to blame Trump for his city’s chaos? Yeah, because that makes a lot of sense. Not.
But according to Mayor Wheeler, that’s exactly what he’s saying. “President Trump, you bring no peace, you bring no respect to our democracy.” In addition, he charges Trump with the task of doing his “job as the leader of this nation” and “hold all people accountable in stopping racism and violence,” as if that isn’t what he has been doing. You know, like last week, when he offered to send federal aid and assistance to Wheeler and his administration to stop the violence and rioting that has kept the city in constant chaos.
But of course, Wheeler refused such an olive branch. Instead, he’d clearly rather watch his city burn, and then blame it all on Trump when he fails to handle it.
As it stands, Wheeler is already at risk of losing a vast amount of Portland’s businesses, according to a letter he recently received from a local business developer. When made aware of the exodus of business in the metropolis, he immediately covered his tracks and condemned the violence.
And while he still holds to that claim of not wanting the violence, he has done little to thwart it or the massive amounts of destruction and property damage seen each week on Portland’s streets.
If anyone needs to be held accountable for his actions, or the lack thereof, I’d say it’s Wheeler.