President Donald Trump, once again, has urged Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to allow the National Guard to enter Portland in order to put down the riots that have ravaged both the downtown and residential areas.
Trump took to Twitter Tuesday, tweeting: "We again request Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown), the Governor of Oregon, and Mayor @TedWheeler of Portland, to call up the National Guard like should have been done 3 months ago..."
He added: "...They must stop calling these anarchists and agitators “peaceful protestors.” Come back into the real world! The Federal Government is ready to end this problem immediately upon your request."
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) confirmed in a recent report that Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler was seriously considering telling members of the city's law enforcement not respond to riots that tore through downtown, leaving landmarks and other buildings vulnerable to destruction and mayhem, the Daily Wire reported.
OPB reported that in late July—after nearly two months of rioting—"Mayor Ted Wheeler had an idea he hoped would end the nightly clashes between protesters and police in Portland. He texted Sonia Schmanski, a top aide, that he had a plan that was ‘high risk,’ but he added that the city had ‘nothing to lose,'”
“His idea: Tell his police force to stand down from the demonstrations.”
The outlet noted that it was a line of action protesters had wanted for months, who argued "that police decked in riot gear needlessly raised the tensions of the nightly protests. ... Wheeler told OPB he, too, had noticed a 'calming deescalating effect' on nights when police stayed out of sight."
The Daily Wire reported that though there was no specific timeline provided concerning Wheeler's decision, it appears that he may have moved forward with this idea after the Department of Homeland Security pulled its federal agents from the downtown area. As a result, the responsibility fell on the Oregon State Police and the Portland Police Department to protect the federal buildings.
Shortly after, the riots and mayhem dwindled in downtown and instead moved into the residential areas. OPB suggested that this could have been the point where Wheeler abandoned his plan: “But the protests soon drifted to the east side of the city. And Wheeler said he was persuaded that the plan was too dicey as protesters began targeting police buildings near homes in residential neighborhoods.”
“I was persuaded that a complete withdrawal, even for one evening to test the ability to completely deescalate the situation, would be a risk that was too great,” Wheeler added. “We could not risk the people who were in the immediate vicinity.”
The Washington Post published a story that said Trump had ordered federal troops into the city to "quell" violent riots, but that these very same riots disappeared after the federal agents left the area.
The Post Millennial's Andy Ngo tweeted a video footage late last week, showing how so-called protesters stormed residential areas, shining lights through windows and yelling through microphones during the night. Fires were also started in these areas.
Reporter Brendan Gutenschwager tweeted a video as well, revealing how members of law enforcement were allegedly firing teargas in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
Wheeler has not completely dismissed the idea of ordering the police to stand down, saying: “We’re all considering all options. The core objective here is to create a free and safe space to those people who want to express their First Amendment rights and to compartmentalize and deescalate the violence as much as possible and where it’s safe to do so arrest people and hold them accountable.”
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