The Department of Homeland Security building in Portland, Oregon has become a hotspot for protests and chaos brought about by the city’s unusually-high number of Antifa residents, their Black Lives Matter cohorts, and the rest of the leftist hooligans who align themselves with these causes.
Portland’s anarchists have been out of control for a long time, but they came particularly unglued after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Since then, they have reportedly caused more than $23 million worth of damage to Portland’s businesses, and they aren’t even close to done yet. While violence is beginning to subside in many of America’s major protest cities, it seems to only be ramping up in Portland, where protesters are following Seattle’s lead by creating an “autonomous zone” in a local park.
If you were the mayor of this fine city, wouldn’t you be looking for any help you could get? Wouldn’t you want to do anything to get control of your city back?
Well, not if you’re Ted Wheeler. The Democrat mayor rejected an offer from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf this week, essentially telling him that he was more concerned about DHS officials than about the violent loons in the street.
“Today the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security asked to speak with me about demonstration activity in Portland. He expressed his concern about ongoing violence and asked how his agency can help,” Wheeler tweeted.
“I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use. We do not need or want their help,” Wheeler continued.
Imagine not only rejecting Wolf’s help, but actually being proud of it! We know Portland is “weird,” but damn, we didn’t realize they were downright deranged up there.
“The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether. Our goal is to end these violent demonstrations quickly and safely. And in the meantime, I asked him to clean up the graffiti on local federal facilities,” Wheeler continued. “While we’re busy cleaning our streets and buildings, the two federal buildings are covered with graffiti that has been there for weeks on end. Our plan is this: protect our community. Clean up our city. And re-open.”
Who…who put the graffiti there, Ted?
It’s hard for us to imagine that the imbeciles protesting in the streets, hitting police officers with hammers, throwing milkshakes on their ideological opponents, and spraying federal buildings with graffiti are actually civic-minded enough to vote in local elections. So…why pander to them like this? Is Ted just worried that they’ll come after him next? Take up residence in his front yard, threaten his family, and wreck his life?
Guess what, Mayor Wheeler: They’re eventually going to do all of that anyway. You might as well be on the right side of history when they do.
In other words, grow a pair.