As Red State‘s Sarah Lee wrote yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on the feds Sunday to “investigate & bring legal action against” Portland, OR Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) in the aftermath of this past weekend’s violent attack on independent journalist Andy Ngo.
Cruz alleges that “for political reasons, [Wheeler] ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists” and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Seemingly oblivious to Cruz’s call for legal action against him, Wheeler logged on to the Twitter machine Monday afternoon to give himself credit for seemingly being on top of the situation, and pledging that “those who have committed violence” will be “held accountable.”
Later, once Wheeler got wind of Cruz’s demand for an investigation, the embattled Mayor attempted to one-up the Texas Senator by asserting that he did not order any officers to stand down:
At least get your facts straight. I ordered no such thing.
Could you divert some of those investigation dollars to something that would actually benefit American cities? Infrastructure, affordable housing, mental health services come to mind. https://t.co/btI14p8fkJ
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 2, 2019
As of this writing, Wheeler’s tweet has been severely ratioed, but that ratio is nothing compared to the blistering response he received from Sen. Cruz:
Ok, Mr. Mayor. You want talk “facts.” Great. Fact 1: a conservative journalist was violently assaulted by ANTIFA thugs on the streets of your city. Fact 2: you said “I support the Portland Police Bureau’s decision not to intervene.” Fact 3: you have a pattern of withdrawing…1/2 https://t.co/xkQiJ7sPyl
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 2, 2019
2/2…police protection to further your political agenda. When ANTIFA terrorists threatened ICE in Portland, you ORDERED police not to protect federal agents. Here’s a US Senate resolution (which I joined) condemning your partisan civil rights violations: https://t.co/KQAN94Ssn0 https://t.co/lCp7KDjPCs
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 2, 2019
Wheeler can deny he ordered a stand down all he wants, but Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner issued a statement in the aftermath of Saturday’s violence that would seem to back up Cruz’s version of events (bolded emphasis added):
Police state. Let those who would like to see this on a nationwide basis vote for whatever Democrat the DNC has chosen to be the candidate.
Not a federal issue, STAND UP PORTLAND fire your ignoramus Mayor. Arrest the domestic terrorists fine and prosecute them so you can draw a permit and have a gathering in peace.
@kitt: As with voter rights, if a government is using its power to deny citizens rights, then it IS a federal issue. The left loves to draw this weapon whenever they want to weaponize law enforcement. Let’s see conservatives use the same methods to PROTECT citizens being assailed by the left.
@Deplorable Me: You know how it will be propagandized if done while Trump is in office, let the woosies recall the POS commie they put in office or suffer.
@kitt: One problem with the left demonizing and vilifying each and every thing Trump does is that he has no incentive whatsoever to consider what anyone thinks about what he does; so, he just does what HE feels should be done.
If there is any application of Civil Rights here, it should be applied in full force. An example needs to be made and until there is painful repercussions, this will only continue and get worse. We are, after all, dealing with children’s mentalities here.
@Deplorable Me: Just keep cleaning the kids room as he tells you to kiss his A$$.
The police swear an oath to protect and serve.
While they do not have to risk their own lives to protect, they are under obligation where their lives are not in danger to enforce law.
The Portland police are obviously manned by people who have a different, Leftist, agenda.
Doesn’t matter if a mayor, or your boss gives an officer an illegal order, the officer doesn’t have to obey it.
So, yes, the feds will need to come in to end this mini-civil war in Portland.
It isn’t going to be peaceful there unless they do.
Not everyone in Portland is anti-American, fascist, leftist scumbags
@Deplorable Me: Good on him.
Many municipalities already have laws against people wearing disguises in public.
Some states do, too.
Some state laws:
reminds me of Mario Savio and his “Goons at the Gate” 55 years ago. and the press hated America just as much 70 years ago as now! the vicious thugs in Mario’s gang were described as ” peaceful protesters”, as they bloodied America lovers with their F U C K signs!
In the last 70 years “the more things (the America hating press) change; the more they stay the same.
If only we had 100 teds in Congress! the wall would have been done last year!