Portland Oregon has been the location of the country’s most violent riots and attacks for close to 100 days, and there were civil disturbances in the city even before that. The area is known as a place for a group called Antifa, who have dominated the streets and seem to have a huge sway over the local city government, including Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler.
Saturday night there were clashes in the street between Antifa and a member of an anti-Antifa group, who was fatally shot. Details are still emerging about the situation and the identity of the man who was killed.
The battle between President Donald J. Trump, who wants Law and Order in the region, and Mayor Wheeler of Portland has been ongoing. Trump has offered assistance to get the uprisings under control while Wheeler has been refusing.
Thursday, Trump tweets that there is danger.
Friday Wheeler pokes at Trump and declines offer of help again, telling Trump to “Stay away”.
This following is the text of the letter:
“Dear President Trump:
Yet again, you said you offered to aid Portland by sending in federal law enforcement to our city.
On behalf of the City of Portland: No thanks.
We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. Portlanders are onto you. We have already
seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic. And we
know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to
There is no place for looting, arson, or vandalism in our city. There is no room here for racist violence or
those who wish to bring their ideology of hate into our community. Those who commit criminal acts will
be apprehended and prosecuted under the law.
Tens of thousands of Portlanders have peacefully protested and marched for the noble cause of fixing
our broken criminal justice system. They are part of the proud progressive tradition of Portlanders
fighting for justice – from racial justice to economic justice to environmental justice.
When you sent the Feds to Portland last month, you made the situation far worse. Your offer to repeat
that disaster is a cynical attempt to stoke fear and distract us from the real work of our city.
In Portland, we are focused on coming together as a community to solve the serious challenges we face
due to systemic racism, a global pandemic and an economic recession.
Stay away, please.”
Saturday there is a death in the street in Portland.
Sunday Trump tweets laying the blame of the death on the Mayor, who is still refusing to take any help, preferring to allow the civil disturbances go on.
Trump tweets determined to get assistance into the area to restore law and order.