Imagine being mayor of a city where you have to kowtow to the Antifa constituency. That is a new low. Welcome to Portland, or New Stalingrad as it may eventually have to rename itself. Portland's actual nickname is "Stumptown," which is very appropriate since charred stumps is all that's going to be left of it if Antifa and BLM are allowed to continue running riot in their streets.
How pathetic is it that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler would rather move out of his luxury condo than do anything to get the thugs in ninja pajamas to stop terrorizing him and his city? And the thing is, Mayor Ted has even less excuse than most mayors for not doing anything, because he is also Portland's Police Commissioner. How do you get to be both Mayor and Police Commissioner at the same time? Easy – you give yourself the job.
Portland has an unusual form of government where its city council members manage all the city's bureaus. And who gets to decide which bureaus get assigned to the council members? The Mayor. So, after Wheeler was elected Mayor of Portland in 2016, he put himself in charge of the Police, the Office of Equity and Human Rights, Emergency Management, the Budget Office, Office of Management & Finance, the Portland Development Commission, and the Housing Bureau (that one must come in very handy now that Antifa has forced him out of his condo).
I feel bad for any sane citizens of Portland, if there are any left. It's bad enough that they have to deal with a do-nothing Mayor/Police Commissioner while gangs set buildings on fire with people inside. Imagine how bad it could get if the "Antifa" candidate defeats Wheeler in the November election. Okay, there's not an official Antifa candidate, because remember, Antifa's supposedly not even any kind of official organization. But there is a very pro-Antifa candidate named Sarah [Eye-Anna-Roan] Iannarone who came in second in the May primary with 24% of the vote. That put her in the runoff in November against Ted Wheeler.
Sarah Iannarone is a longtime community organizer – hmm, where have we heard that before? Last year, she tweeted:
"To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa. I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more."
In July, she tweeted:
"The cops are the violent agitators, full stop."
Last December, Playboy magazine interviewed her and her campaign manager with the headline " Antifa in Focus." In the interview she says:
"I feel a responsibility to change the public discourse around antifascism, absolutely. Because this problem exists within the system, it's important we use radical tactics…"
Her platform states one of her goals is:
"destigmatizing antifascism and clearly demonstrating that the people of Portland wish to stand up to the rise of fascism and white nationalism… The demonization of antifascism is dangerous for democracy."
Here she is in an interview just last month on Portland's NBC affiliate…
So, the answer is no, she won't denounce the violence. In fact, she says it might not be enough and there you have it, setting buildings on fire with people inside them is now just "part of the healthy democratic process."
But you see, Portland is just so overrun by fascists, they have to confront them. Right. Portland is just right there on the verge of becoming The Handmaid's Tale.
There were 15 homicides in July in Portland – the deadliest month in Portland in 30 years. If you play with fire, you might get burned. Portland's government can't handle the chaos as it is — just imagine how much worse it will be if the ultimate Antifa fan-girl becomes Mayor.