Portland has long laid down for anarchists, at least in part because of the progressive mayor, Ted Wheeler.
But despite his pandering to them, they still hate him.
In a incredibly ridiculous move, the Portland City Council tried to assuage the vocal leftists by taking a huge whack at the police department’s budget, cutting nearly $16 million from it.
Someone’s going to have to explain to me how removing millions from a police department does anything to make it a better department, assuming there are any issues to begin with?
It’s a fundamentally ridiculous argument that makes no sense.
But who needs sanity when you’re caving to the crazies.
So did that make them happy? No, it never does, they always want more. So they assembled last night outside of Wheeler’s apartment and declared it an “autonomous zone.” They demanded that $50 million be cut.
They blocked off the street and started setting up a zone like their compatriots in Seattle had done.
But their presumption was their undoing.
While the progressive mayor apparently doesn’t give a darn about the police or much of the.rest of the city, apparently annoying him at night and messing with his neighborhood is a no-no.
Warning for language:
Antifa in Portland has occupied the neighborhood where Mayor Ted Wheeler lives and have declared it an autonomous zone. They've set up barricades and police are choosing not to respond. You hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/5XJsaAgr6g
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 18, 2020
— roberto pedone (@zerosum24) June 18, 2020
This morning, as my colleague Sister Toldjah reported, the “zone” got whacked and the police actually did something.
Our @KATUNews cameras caught @PortlandPolice tearing down the #PKAZ barriers in Portland’s Pearl District. These were set up overnight as an ‘Autonomous Zone’ reportedly outside Mayor @tedwheeler‘s condo.
PPB: “Leave the area immediately or you are subject to arrest or force.” pic.twitter.com/uhdI4meOUb
— Evan Schreiber (@SchreiberEvan) June 18, 2020
After the police cleared away the garbage out of the area, as well as the boards and things they’d dragged in, Mayor Wheeler was spotted outside, picking up some of the trash that was left and media interviewed him.
We spotted Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler picking up trash in his neighborhood after police cleared the autonomous zone that had formed outside his home. Here's his reaction to what they did.
— KATU News (@KATUNews) June 18, 2020
Suddenly he realized that these folks weren’t doing good things and damaging the neighborhood, his neighborhood. He’s been letting them run wild all over the city for the last three years. But suddenly maybe a little bit of the terror that anarchists have spread in Portland finally, literally, came home to him. Karma came back to bite him in the butt.