Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D), on Friday, Aug. 28, announced that he had sent a letter to President Donald Trump, declining the president’s repeated offers to send federal law enforcement officers to the city to stop protests.
Portland entered its 93 night of protests as of Friday, many of them have turned violent.
In his letter posted on Twitter on Friday, Wheeler criticized President Trump’s response to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic. The letter said: “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic (CCP Virus). And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to re-election.”
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) August 28, 2020
Wheeler claimed that individuals have peacefully protested and marched for the noble cause of fixing our broken criminal justice system.
Violent demonstrations have gripped Portland for months, following the death of George Floyd in May. According to Portland Police, more than a dozen riots have been declared since protests began. Rioters hurled bottles, rocks, and worse at officers, damaged cars, and set fire to federal buildings.
On Friday, a crowd of about 150 gathered at Wheeler’s apartment complex demanding he reduce the Portland Police Bureau budget, commit to never voting for another police budget increase, and resign as mayor and police commissioner.
Folks have locked themselves in the lobby of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment. Saying they won’t leave till the mayor comes and listens to their demands. #blacklivesmatter #protest #pdx #Portland #Oregon #BLM #PortlandProtest #pdxprotest pic.twitter.com/9pYN9ItYP6
— Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@hungrybowtie) August 29, 2020
President Trump doubled down on his threat to send federal enforcement officers to Portland if Wheeler fails to stop the violence.
“If the incompetent Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, doesn’t get control of his city and stop the Anarchists, Agitators, Rioters, and Looters, causing great danger to innocent people, we will go in and take care of matters the way they should have been taken care of 100 days ago!” the president tweeted.
If the incompetent Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, doesn’t get control of his city and stop the Anarchists, Agitators, Rioters and Looters, causing great danger to innocent people, we will go in and take care of matters the way they should have been taken care of 100 days ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2020
Federal agents were sent to Portland in July following riots and unrest. They pulled out of Portland at the end of the month following a deal between the Democratic governor and the Trump administration.