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Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler has finally found his backbone, now that Donald Trump is no longer in the White House, and wants to take the city back from Antifa.
After allowing them to run roughshod over his city for the better part of a year he now has the desire to take on the group of rioters, Seattle PI reported.
“They want to burn, they want bash, they want to intimidate, they want to assault, “the mayor said Friday, as he extended the city’s state of emergency through Monday.
"Our job is to unmask them, arrest them and prosecute them… People know who these criminals are. if you have information please contact the police."
Now that Trump’s gone & he’s been threatened instead of Republicans… Now Ted Wheeler’s ready to destroy Antifa.
Amazing. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/ETBoOfCCpB
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) April 24, 2021
“If BLM leaders can show the courage to stand up to this mob, then we all should,” he said as he called out the “the self-described anarchist mob” responsible for “criminal intimidation and violence.”
“Together we can make a stand … and take our city back,” he said.
“Our job is to unmask them, arrest them and prosecute them,” he said of Antifa. “If you have any information, please contact the police.”
On Monday night, a group gathered in Northeast Portland and some smashed windows at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club, causing nearly $20,000 in damage.
A week ago, a large demonstration downtown became a riot that left windows of the First Christian Church broken, anti-police messages scrawled on the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and windows shattered at the Oregon Historical Society.
Wheeler said he was extending a state of emergency in the city and directed the Police Bureau to arrest people engaged in any crimes if they can do so safely to prevent and limit destruction. He said he supported police using the controversial “kettling” tactic — boxing in people — if necessary.
The mayor declared a state of emergency earlier in the week before the guilty verdicts were announced Tuesday against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the May 25 murder of George Floyd.
Finally, even after all of the damage he allowed the group to do, even in the creation of the CHAD autonomous zone, one Democrat has decided to take stand.
During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, lawmakers heard from witnesses about violence from the far-left group Antifa.
But Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono couldn’t take the heat and actually walked out of the hearing after Cruz asked her to denounce Antifa.
“I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and that we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches,” Hirono told Cruz after he accused Democrats of not denouncing Antifa violence in cities across the country over the past few months.
“Thank you very much, I’m leaving,” she said.
Hirono then gathered her things and began preparing to leave the room, at which point Cruz thanked her for appearing but asked her again if she would call out Antifa by name.
“I would also note that throughout her remarks, she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here,” Cruz said. “They instead engage in a political game. You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now.”
Hirono responded by saying, “I think that I’ve covered the subject quite well.”
“She declined to speak, so that is the position of the Democratic Party,” Cruz said.
Cruz and Hirono got into a heated exchange earlier in the hearing as well as after the Hawaii Democrat played a video referring to law enforcement officers wearing uniforms with the word “police” sent to combat Black Lives Matter riots as “unidentified officers.”
“Thank you, Sen. Hirono. I will note at the end of that video that, as narrated, it describes law enforcement as unidentified while the video shows them with the words ‘police’ in bright yellow all-caps across their chest, so that’s a curious way to describe a law enforcement officer as ‘unidentified,'” Cruz said.
Cruz continued: “The ranking member said, ‘Nobody is condoning violence and rioting’ and yet nowhere in the opening remarks was even one word condemning it. “Condemning the assaults, condemning the 277 injuries that federal law enforcement officers have suffered at the hands of those rioters. Not a word.”