Ted Wheeler, the Democrat mayor of Portland who has been blamed for allowing violent protests in the city to fester, was forced Thursday to tell anarchists that they should not be barricading police officers inside precincts and trying to light the buildings on fire.
“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,” Wheeler said. “I believe that city staff could have died last night. I cannot and I will not tolerate that.”
Wheeler did not say exactly what actions he would allow police to take, but he did admit that it was not a peaceful protest, which seems to be a start.
Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” said Friday that Democrats have been trying to provide political cover for these protesters for weeks. They’ve insisted that these protests are peaceful despite the violence seen on social media.
Democrats have also blamed police officers for stoking the violence by trying to stop the violence. Protests have been raging in Portland for nearly 70 nights, since the death of George Floyd in police custody.
“They’re never going to learn a lesson on this thing because they won’t have to because there are enough white, lib activists, loons out there who really think that if we defunded cops or we got rid of police or we undermined police, things will become better for everyone,” Sexton said.
Wheeler, who was jeered and booed when he arrived at a protest last month, let the anarchists in on the Democrat playbook after the attempt to burn down the precinct.
“Don’t think for a moment that you are, if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection 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 this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.”
Wheeler’s statement was remarkable because it showed how seriously Democrats are treating—not the violence itself—but the political implications for 2020.
Wheeler’s appeal should have ended at: attempted murder is wrong, and if you are caught, you will be prosecuted. Instead, he talked about the political implications of burning down a precinct and how that might play out in a campaign add for the president.