DHS says police, local officials should expel anarchists in Portland, as liberals cower
Chad Wolf, the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement yesterday that local and state officials, including police, have a duty to restore law and order in Portland after “siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob.”
But local officials, led by Democrats, aren’t anxious to cross their base by expelling them from anywhere.
Wolf said that the DHS was acting to protect the federal facilities in the city, including the federal courts.
“This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law. DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them. Again, I reiterate the Department’s offer to assist local and state leaders to bring an end to the violence perpetuated by anarchists,” said Acting Secretary Wolf.
The statement including a litany of 89 criminal acts committed by protesters through July 16. DHS says that some of the protesters have been armed with stuns guns, sledgehammers, and Tasers.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler previously asked federal agents to leave the city.
“I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days,” tweeted Wheeler, “and the life-threatening tactics his agents use. We do not need or want their help.”
Wolf says that DHS is staying in the city to protect federal property and the agents will also assist the local and state government in restoring order.
“Earlier this week, I called not only the mayor but the governor,” Wolf told FOX News host Sean Hannity. “I offered DHS support to help them locally address the situation that’s going on in Portland. And their only response was, ‘Please pack up and go home.’
“And that’s just not gonna happen on my watch,” Wolf added.
Like other liberal big cities, Portland’s white establishment politicians find it hard to crackdown on leftist protests.
In St. Louis, Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) had a mob show up outside her house demanding her resignation after she read out the names and addresses of people who wrote her in support of defunding the police, a measure she supports.
In Minnesota, hundreds of protesters showed up at Mayor Jacob Frey’s house demanding he support abolishing the police in Minneapolis.
“I’ve been coming to grips with my own brokenness in this situation, my own failures,” confessed Frey subsequently, as a nod to his culpability as a white person for the recent violent protests.
In Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan also had an angry mob show up at her door after police dispersed protestors from downtown Seattle. Then they showed up again and demanded that she defund police.
Portland’s Wheeler likely is anxious to avoid a visit from the mob in Portland. But if they do come, at least DHS is there to help.
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