Portland Mayor Says Violent Demonstrators Are “A Prop For The Re-election Campaign Of Donald Trump”
Having previously spurred protests in Portland, Ted Wheeler, and even participated in one, called on BLM activists to stop trying to burn cops alive.
On Friday night, an armed crowd of protesters nearly burned down a police station, with officers inside.
“Last night, 200-300 people went to East Precinct intent on violence. The purpose was to attack the East Precinct facility and the people therein,” Wheeler said, “Exits were blocked; they were barricaded shut with cars and with two-by-fours. Security cameras were disabled, and accelerants were used to set and grow fires. The attack was immediate, it was intentional, and it was planned. It was intended to cause serious injury or death, and it very well could have.”
Wheeler also added that a peaceful demonstration ends when activists try to burn people.
“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people that you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating; you are attempting to commit murder,” Wheeler said.
For several days in a row, protests in Portland have escalated brutality not only against the police, but also against people who are neutral about the current system. Portland police rescued an elderly woman from a crowd of vandals.
“This unknown woman using a walker was confronted by the group currently outside East Precinct and paint was strewn all over her.”
This unknown woman using a walker was confronted by the group currently outside East Precinct and paint was strewn all over her. pic.twitter.com/k1cCVMbNht— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 7, 2020
In conclusion, Wheeler called on protesters to end vandalism and violence, citing the fact that such actions will help Donald Trump get re-elected to the next term.
“Don’t think for a moment that if you are participating in this activity, that you are not being a prop for the re-election campaign of Donald Trump — because you absolutely are. You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during his campaign. You don’t want to be part of that? Then don’t show up,” Wheeler said.
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