Tear-gassed Portland mayor insists ‘nothing’ warranted fed response, as he’s mobbed and courthouse burns

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wound up being tear-gassed by federal authorities Wednesday while “protesting” alongside the city’s notorious left-wing extremists.

While being tear-gassed is to be expected when you “protest” alongside extremists, the mayor issued a statement afterward falsely claiming that he’d witnessed “nothing” that justified the authorities unleashing tear gas on the so-called “protesters.”

Listen:

“This is a egregious overreaction on the part of the federal officers. There was nothing that I saw that warranted this reaction,” he added.

As noted by investigative journalist Andy Ngo, what Wheeler said was a flat-out lie. During the evening’s violent “protest” — one of dozens that have sprung up in the Rose City ever since the death of Minneapolis black suspect George Floyd — the city’s federal courthouse was set on fire and both local and federal officials were attacked.

The glaringly visible proof can be seen below:

There are also testimonials.

Look:

“According to police, a large crowd gathered on the west side of the courthouse and began breaking the plywood covering the building by using hammers, crowbars and other tools,” local station KPTV reported.

“At 12:45 a.m., people broke through the plywood and started pounding on windows with metal objects. At least one window was broken, police said. As hundreds of people packed into the portico on the west side of the courthouse, federal officers began dispersing the crowd using a ‘variety of munitions,’ according to police.”

According to KPTV, the shenanigans continued throughout the whole evening.

“By 1:30 a.m., police said a few dozen people were back on the courthouse portico throwing glass, plastic bottles, wood, pieces of metal, rocks and other debris at the building. Fires were also lit in garbage cans and near a tree by the courthouse,” the station’s report continued.

“About an hour later, another fire was lit near a door on the Southwest Salmon side of the courthouse. Federal officers put out that fire. Police said people then poured an accelerant on the plywood over the door on the front of the courthouse and lit it on fire. Federal officers then used various munitions to disperse the crowd, according to police.”

During the melee, a jewelry store was reportedly broken into, windows at City Hall were reportedly shattered and the authorities were attacked with “projectiles” and “clubs, hammers and other weapons.”

According to Wheeler, apparently none of this ever happened. His bizarre refusal to acknowledge any of this speaks to his inexplicable desire to continually cater to the city’s extremists, as demonstrated by him marching alongside them.

Yet from the moment he entered the scene — reportedly with his security detail close by — he was hassled by these same extremists, with them pouring broken glass in front of his path, yelling in his face, cursing him out and calling him a ”f–king fascist.”

He even doubled down on his anti-Trump rhetoric, telling the extremists that “I’m doing everything in my power to get them [the feds] to leave” the city. But none of his groveling seemed to make a difference.

Watch (*Language warning):

At this point, it’s not clear if there’s any level of violence and destruction that would convince Wheeler to finally stop catering to the extremists.

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Vivek Saxena

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