Portland Was Peacefully Rioting Until the Feds Came In
The mayor of Portland and the governor of Oregon have decided that violent leftist thugs should have the right to smash and burn anything they want.
The Federal government however has the right to protect its property. As Fort Sumter ought to have taught Democrat states last time around.
Democrats, predictably, claim that Federal law enforcement preventing violent attacks on Federal institutions is escalating the situation.
“Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism," Mayor Ted Wheeler insisted.
The obvious question is what does Mayor Wheeler propose to do? Nothing. Correction, he's going to cut off the feds from being able to cooperate with local law enforcement because Portland and Oregon would like to double down on seceding from the Republic.
The working theory that the violence will stop if the thugs are allowed to run the place hasn't worked out very well. And the media and their Democrat allies are doing everything possible to shift the subject by falsely claiming that Federal personnel aren't wearing identification or whining that they're using unmarked vehicles.
So do the police.
Criminals being arrested by law enforcement personnel in unmarked vehicles isn't some dystopian nightmare. It's ordinary undercover policework.
"I told Acting Secretary Wolf that the federal government should remove all federal officers from our streets. His response showed me he is on a mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes. He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm’s way," Governor Kate Brown bizarrely tweeted.
Brown and Wheeler have made it clear that they stand with the vandals, the rioters and the looters.