Written with contribution from David Sheriff Clarke
Little late, don’t you think?
Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler has finally come around, but considering how long it’s taken him, it only really serves to underscore just what a very weak leader he is.
It’s not exactly been headline news over the last eight months or so, but the city of Portland, Oregon has seen near-relentless rioting and—let’s be real—political insurgency in the name of…like, social justice, or something.
I’m not even sure those black-clad goons themselves even remember why they’ve been rioting—but that certainly hasn’t stopped the violence.
Over the summer, as the terrorists set their sights on federal buildings, Wheeler went as far as to actually condemn the use of federal forces in his city because in this brave new world of ours it’s actually a mark of strong leadership to oppose enforcing the law and restoring peace.
So I guess Wheeler either has no spine, or is totally two-faced, or both, because now he’s flipped around and condemned the violence, calling for federal and state aid.
Condemning “radical Antifa and anarchists” for attacks in the downtown area that’s been given to these groups as a virtual playground by his own terrible city leadership, Wheeler declared “it will be necessary to use additional tools and push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end.”
This, by the way, is several months after they tried to burn down Wheeler’s own apartment building, so it’s not exactly like he’s had any fans among Antifa despite his permissive leadership.
“My good-faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical Antifa and anarchists,” Wheeler truthfully stated.
“There are just some people who want to watch the world burn. That’s what we’re up against here,” he continued with further refreshing honesty.
Glad you’re catching on, dude.
Disrn notes that he requested federal, state, and county law enforcement “to convene to deal with anarchist violence as soon as possible.”
He also requested that the Oregon state legislature increase penalties for repeat offenders of criminal destruction and vandalism—he’s really catching on now, as these thugs have largely just been caught-and-released by his own Portland Police Bureau (of which Wheeler is also the commissioner).
Remember, this guy was out on the streets himself in June, and in August blamed Trump for “[creating] the hate and the division” after POTUS authorized federal forces to protect federal property that was under attack in the city.
“We could solve that problem in approximately one hour, but the mayor refuses, perhaps for political reasons. I don’t know why it’s good for him to have a city that’s falling apart … So to the mayor, I say whenever you’re ready, let us know,” Trump said at the time.
I guess Wheeler is ready. The city however has been destroyed because of his starry-eyed liberal approach to disorder.