The scene in Portland, Oregon has been a testy one as of late, with a number of peaceful protests giving way to violent anarchy as night falls.
The situation was made all the more dire weeks ago when the national government sent Homeland Security forces to the city to protect a federal courthouse. This incensed the protesters, and freedom-minded Americans everywhere, who still believe that government overreach should be railed against at every opportunity.
Eventually, the people had their voices heard and the DHS goons were sent packing. This allowed for a brief respite from the violence, but only a brief one.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Thursday evening condemned the actions of rioters who attempted to set fire to a police precinct and blocked the exits while officers were inside.
“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,” Wheeler said in a news conference with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.
“Don’t think for a moment that you are if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump — because you absolutely are,” he said. “You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.”
The situation had deteriorated during the week, forcing authorities to again declare a riot on Wednesday night.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.