UPDATE: So, reports of a de-escalation appear to be fake news. Gov. Kate Brown smeared federal agents, saying their deployment caused violence and they acted like an occupying force. Grow up, lady. The city is an absolute mess, thanks to these unhinged left-wing rioters that you people coddle.
Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians' right to free speech and keep the peace. Let's center the Black Lives Matter movement's demands for racial justice and police accountability. It's time for bold action to reform police practices.— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) July 29, 2020
And no, the federal agents are not leaving. Sorry.
As I told the Governor yesterday, federal law enforcement will remain in Portland until the violent activity toward our federal facilities ends. We are not removing any law enforcement while our facilities and law enforcement remain under attack.— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 29, 2020
.@DHSgov will not back down from our legal duty to protect federal law enforcement officers and federal properties in the face of violent criminal behavior.— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 29, 2020
.@POTUS made clear that this Administration is ready and willing to partner with state & local law enforcement to protect every American – and you see that commitment in Portland with this plan.— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 29, 2020
I mean, is this guy serious? After being trashed by the rioters, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wants a "ceasefire" with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Rose City has been a disaster. We have far left rioters besieging federal buildings, assaulting federal agents with lasers—some of whom have suffered permanent eye damage—throwing IEDs, setting buildings on fire, and hurling acid and kerosene balloons as well. Oh, and some of these rioters are carrying chainsaws—a classic sign that these are indeed peaceful protests, right? My eyes cannot roll any harder.
It's mayhem. It's "woke" governance. It's proof that Democrats cannot run things or even enforce the law when necessary. They've caved to the mob because they want this destruction to keep going. They're just itching for some incident to occur with federal agents to be weaponized against the Trump White House. It's disgusting.
Federal agents are being deployed in Democrat-run cities as lawlessness has increased. They will maintain law and order and protect federal buildings. This policy was really set into motion last fall, but COVID prevented full deployment, which Attorney General William Barr noted in yesterday's House Judiciary Committee hearing, which House Democrats turned into a circus.
These protests, riots, or whatever you want to call them that started after the officer-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 are no longer about Black Lives Matter, police brutality, or racial justice. It's about the Marxist revolution. What we're seeing from the Left Coast mayhem is that the far Left has stuck around, mobilized, and are ready to rumble with the federal government. Let them—it'll end poorly.
Commissioner @JoAnnPDX and I are calling for an immediate meeting with Department of Homeland Security leadership on the ground in Portland and with Acting Secretary @DHS_Wolf to discuss a cease-fire and the removal of heightened federal forces from Portland.— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 28, 2020
After pre-emptively declaring he'd refuse to meet w/federal officials, Mayor Wheeler has suddenly reversed course & is now demanding a meeting w/@DHS_Wolf to discuss a "cease-fire." Even Wheeler seems to recognize that his city has insurgents who have declared war on US gov. https://t.co/TWuVKFXnwH pic.twitter.com/AqRzq1Ueq5— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 28, 2020
Let ANTIFA stand down first.— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) July 28, 2020
Then we can talk. https://t.co/s980BhOOgf
And now, Wheeler wants a ceasefire? Is this a joke? Also, is he saying that his city has been engulfed by violent left-wing revolutionaries, as some on Twitter have noted? Yes, Twitchy caught the funny tweet from the mayor, who just days before had refused to meet with the DHS. Again, another classic sign that these people don't know what they're doing. We're dealing with the kids' table of governance here. It's time for the adults to step in and restore law and order. And rule number one is you don't negotiate with the terrorists. Antifa is unhinged. The far Left is insane and violent. There's no talking to these people whose explicit goal is to tear down the country, so good luck with these negotiations…which are never going to happen.
To the federal agents on the frontlines, be safe and happy hunting. Get these creeps.
Also, be sure to follow our own Julio Rosas who is in Portland right now covering the riots.