Mayor Ted Wheeler blames Trump for Portland violence days after publicly refusing federal assistance

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 31st, 2020 1:59 pm

Last Updated Sep 1st, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Portland Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler on Sunday blamed President Trump for the city's violence just days after refusing the president's offer of federal assistance to help regain control of the city.

"Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It's you who have created the hate and the division," Wheeler said during a press briefing. "It's you who have not found a way to say the names of black people killed by police officers, even as people in law enforcement have, and it's you who claimed that white supremacists are good people."

Wheeler went on to accuse the president of dividing the country "more than any other figure in modern history."

"Your campaign of fear is as anti-Democratic as anything you've done to create hate and vitriol in our beautiful country," Wheeler continued. "...What America needs is for you to be stopped so that we can come back together as one America while recognizing that we must demand that all people — black, brown, white, every color from every political persuasion — pull together and hold all people accountable in stopping racism and violence, and we together are peaceful again under new leadership that reflects who we really are: We the people of this great nation."

In a letter last week, Wheeler rejected Trump's offer to send the National Guard to Portland to quell the city's violence that has increased exponentially since riots and protests began back in May.

Immediately following Wheeler's comments on Sunday, the president offered a rebuttal, saying the Portland mayor has just stood by and watched "great death and destruction of his city."


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