Portland’s Mayor to Rioters: You’ve Become ‘a Prop for the Reelection Campaign of Donald Trump’
Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler warned rioters in his city on Friday that they had become “a prop” for President Donald Trump, and advised them to think twice about their actions.
“This is a political point, so it’s a little out afield,” Wheeler said during a virtual press conference. “Don’t think for a moment that if you are participating in this activity that you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump, because you absolutely are.”
Protests in the city began after George Floyd’s May 25 death and have taken an increasingly violent turn in recent weeks. The president deployed federal law enforcement agents to the city in late June, but the chaos only escalated in July.