Trump Slams "Do Nothing Democrat Mayor Of Portland" After Wheeler Blames President For Violence

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Aug 31, 2020 - 06:13 AM

President Trump has slammed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who placed the blame for nationwide violence squarely on the president's shoulders on Sunday following the Saturday night killing of a Trump supporter on the streets of Portland.

"Ted Wheeler, the wacky Radical Left Do Nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland, who has watched great death and destruction of his City during his tenure, thinks this lawless situation should go on forever," Trump tweeted on Sunday - adding "He tried mixing with the Agitators and Anarchists and they mocked him."

Earlier Sunday, Wheeler blamed Trump for the violence.

When asked what his solution is to the violence gripping Portland, the mayor suggested that he'll be pushing for criminal justice reform - which will be accomplished by "Re-imagining what local policing can look like."


Trump has paid his respects to the deceased, Jay Bishop.

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Update (1620ET): Joe Biden's handlers have crafted a carefully written condemnation following the Portland shooting - which essentially boils down to "violence is bad."

"I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same," reads the statement, which continues: "We must not become a country at war with ourselves."

Biden's staff then took aim at President Trump, writing "The job of a President is to lower the temperature. To bring people who disagree with one another together. To make life better for all Americans, not just those who agree with us, support us, or vote for us."

The former VP must have missed that 'all Americans' were enjoying the best economy in decades before the pandemic hit. Over 7 million jobs had been created, minority unemployment hit all-time lows, women's unemployment hit a 65-year low, the stock market hit record highs, and the poverty rate fell to a 17-year low.

Life was better for all Americans until the pandemic hit.

The left has cheered Biden's condemnation.

Read Biden's statement below:


Also on Sunday, Politico reported that Biden is going to pass on visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin on Monday despite the fact that he is expected to travel. President Trump is scheduled to visit the riot-stricken city on Tuesday.

The thinking, according to these people, is that Trump’s trip to Kenosha could backfire on the president. The Biden campaign is ramping up its messaging that the unrest in the city and elsewhere is an outgrowth of the president's rhetoric that inflames racial tensions.

Trump announced a trip to Kenosha as he attempted to claim credit for calm on the streets of Kenosha after he made a call to bring in the National Guard.

"Success: Since the National Guard moved into Kenosha, Wisconsin, two days ago, there has been NO FURTHER VIOLENCE, not even a small problem," Trump tweeted on Friday. "When legally asked to help by local authorities, the Federal Government will act and quickly succeed. Are you listening Portland?" -Politico

The shooter in Portland's Saturday night murder is still at large.

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An alleged Trump supporter was shot dead in Portland late on Saturday as protesters from rival groups clashed in the northwest U.S. city, which has seen frequent demonstrations for months that have at times turned violent.  Sounds of gunfire were heard in the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street, according to the spokesman’s statement.

Police said in statements that both the death and protest violence occurred in downtown Portland. However, they did not immediately link the shooting death to the protests.

“(Police) responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased,” a Portland police spokesman said in an emailed statement. A Homicide Investigation is underway.”

The police said they were not currently releasing suspect information.

The New York Times and the Oregonian newspapers reported that a large group of supporters of President Donald Trump had traveled in a caravan through downtown Portland, with a pro-Trump gathering drawing hundreds of trucks full of supporters into the city. The Times cited two unidentified witnesses as saying a small group of people got into an argument with other people in a vehicle and someone opened fire.

The man who was shot and killed was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in Portland that has clashed with protesters in the past, according to the New York Times. Reuters could not independently verify this.

When asked by Reuters if the shooting was related to clashes between rival protesters in the same area, the spokesman said “it is too early in the investigation to draw those kinds of conclusions”.

Meanwhile, Twitter is labeling this advertisement 'manipulated media.'

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Update (1220ET): New footage has emerged suggesting that the shooter may have been in a vehicle.

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Update: (0300ET): Portland protesters are now celebrating the man's death:

A large effort is underway to identify the shooter, which - if he's the man in the below clip (unconfirmed), was misidentified as a black male earlier in the evening.

Meanwhile, Twitter is full of hot takes and condolences:

Meanwhile, "We burn them the fuck down"

Live cams:

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A man was shot in the chest and killed in downtown Portland Saturday night as violence broke out across the city between a participants in a pro-Trump caravan and a protest organized by several opposing groups, including Antifa.

Police are investigating the incident which occurred at around 8:45 p.m. when officers responded to the sound of gunfire.

According to The Oregonian, police found "camouflage gear with infidel and thin blue line patches, which commonly indicate support for law enforcement, while the New York Times reports that he was "wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer," a right-wing group which has had frequent altercations with Antifa over the past several years.

Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson showed up to the scene of the shooting, and was promptly chased down the street by orotesters. Gibson took refuge in a gas station.

Police eventually cleared the scene.

Earlier in the day, pro-Trump supporters and left-wing protesters squared off. At one point, a man reportedly filming the license plates of conservative attendees was beaten. As he falls, you can see his arms fly straight forward in the 'fencing response,' suggesting possible brain damage. He was later interviewed speaking coherently, however.