Well, if anyone thought that the election of a Democrat president would soothe the radicals who have ransacked Portland, Oregon for the last six months, Antifa members put that notion to bed on the first day of the new year. Anarchists hit the streets on January 1st, looting businesses and starting fires for no apparent reason other than they can. According to the local KOIN news station, police declared a riot in downtown Portland on Thursday night at Antifa besieged the area with Molotov cocktails, weapons, and fireworks – a scene that led to tens of thousands of dollars in property damage.
“At least two Molotov cocktail-style firebombs were thrown,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement. “Large, commercial grade aerial fireworks were launched at the Federal Courthouse and the Justice Center. Some individuals tried to use tools to break into the Justice Center but were not successful.”
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has been profoundly ineffective in tamping down these riots, blamed the violent left-wing group for the destruction at a press conference on Friday.
“The who: violent Antifa and anarchists,” the mayor said. “Why? This is the hardest question of all to answer. Why would a group of largely white, young and some middle age men destroy the livelihood of others who are struggling to get by? It is hard for me to accept that there are some people who are just bent on destruction.”
You can see here that Wheeler still doesn’t quite get it. The question of “why” is answered by his own description: They’re anarchists. They are the permanently aggrieved. The point IS the protest. There is no demand you can fulfill, no request you can grant that will put an end to this. This is something Wheeler should have internalized a long time ago, but he was too busy pandering to get out of his own way. And he’s not done with that yet; note his insistence on defining this as a “largely white” group.
“My good faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical antifa and anarchists,” Wheeler said. “In response it will be necessary to use additional tools and to push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end. Federal, state, county and local law enforcement to convene to deal with anarchist violence. as soon as possible.”
Just…what can you even say? This is political malpractice on an unimaginable scale. Anyone with half a brain was practically screaming at Wheeler to take this approach last summer. Instead, he thumbed his nose at Trump and pretended to believe that the feds were making the problem worse. A child could have seen otherwise, but it took this idiot half a year. Unreal.