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Federal officers use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

We had an earlier report about Mayor Ted Wheeler going out to meet with the radical extremists.

But there’s an important point to make: Wheeler was there when the fires were set, fireworks were shot and rioters had already been throwing projectiles at the agents, all before the feds responded with tear gas to clear the area.

Wheeler was there as they were shooting fireworks at the courthouse:

Here he is looking at the fire the rioters set, and adjusting his non-gas mask:

They were already throwing projectiles at the agents and had thrown them at him, all before the gas.

But, despite actually seeing the fire, seeing them throwing projectiles, even being the target and being there when they’re shooting off fireworks at the building, here’s what he said to the media which was then beamed everywhere and you know is going to be the takeaway story.

Unbelievable. Should the feds just sit there, let themselves be attacked and let them burn the building down?

Here’s more view of what they did:

They did manage to break some of the fencing and continue to attack the agents but the agents also managed to arrest some of them in the melee.

But then, let’s check the further hypocrisy of Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Not only is he the mayor, but he’s also the police commissioner. Which means he’s responsible when the Portland Police throw tear gas. The Portland Police have been throwing tear gas, presumably at his direction or allowance for many of the last 55 days.

After he left the riot last night, the Portland Police threatened it again. Because of course, there was “nothing that provoked it,” right, Ted Wheeler?

So basically he made his statement for the national media to stoke the narrative against the feds/the president and then threatened it himself, meaning yes, indeed it was justified.

Talk about media manipulation, thy name is Ted Wheeler.