Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler proposed ordering the Portland Police to “stand down” during the rise in violent left-wing riots in the city in late July, when rioters shifted away from the Hatfield Federal Courthouse to the county jail and Portland Police buildings.
Wheeler had texted a top aide, Sonia Schmanski, arguing that the plan was “high risk” but claiming that the city had “nothing to lose.” Wheeler’s assessment of the situation differs considerably with the eyewitness accounts of Portland small businesses and community members, who have suffered tens of millions of dollars in property damages as a result of the riots.
The left-wing mayor was ultimately convinced that removing the police from the riots would be a bad idea, when he was reminded that the ANTIFA militants were beginning to target buildings that were in residential neighborhoods.
“I was persuaded that a complete withdrawal, even for one evening to test the ability to completely deescalate the situation, would be a risk that was too great,” he said in an interview last week. “We could not risk the people who were in the immediate vicinity.”
Wheeler had previously claimed that the violent riots were only the result of the federal law enforcement securing the Hatfield courthouse. The ongoing operations of Portland Police to contain criminal activity all but disprove his earlier solution, with ANTIFA militants continuing to engage in criminal activity on a nightly basis.
Portland District Attorney Mike Schmidt has pledged to drop any and all criminal charges against the overwhelming majority of rioters arrested by the Portland police, creating a de facto immunity for ANTIFA to commit a wide range of misdemeanor and felony offenses on a nightly basis. The Oregon State Police withdrew from the chaotic city shortly after Schmidt’s announcement, having lost faith in the judicial system to appropriately prosecute riot crimes.
Greg Abbott Blasts Joe Biden for “Neanderthal Thinking” Remark, Says Illegal Immigrants are Exposing People in South Texas to COVID
The Biden presidency is a hot mess.
Texas governor Greg Abbott has blasted President Joe Biden for calling his lifting of statewide COVID-19 restrictions “Neanderthal thinking.”
Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday morning, Governor Abbott said that Biden’s “Neanderthal thinking” remark was “not the type of word that a president should be using.”
Abbott quickly added that Biden couldn’t have used that phrase “on a worse day” because of how he’s handling the illegal immigrants coming into Texas across the US-Mexico border—many of whom ostensibly have COVID and weren’t tested.
“The day he used that word, his administration has been releasing in South Texas immigrants who came across the border that they refused to test that turned out—there were more than 100 of them who had COVID,” Abbott said. “My point is this: the Biden administration has been releasing immigrants in South Texas that have been exposing Texans to COVID. Some of those people have been put on buses, taking that COVID to other states in the United States. The Biden administration must stop importing COVID into our country. That is a Neanderthal type of approach to dealing with the COVID situation.”
Governor Abbott then defended his decision to end Texas’ statewide mask mandate and allow all businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity beginning Wednesday, March 10.
“These changes that we’ve seen in Texas are not really that transformative. Maybe to people in New York it seems like this is a big difference. In Texas we went from 75 percent to 100 percent occupancy. On the mask requirement, before now there actually has not been any enforcement of the mask requirement […] We continue to make wearing a mask a suggestion and we urge all Texans to wear a mask when they’re out.”
Abbott added that Texas’ last spike occurred during Christmas and New Year’s, meaning that the increased transmission occurred because of widespread travel and indoor gatherings where people weren’t wearing masks, not because of restaurants and gyms and other businesses.
On Tuesday Mississippi governor Tate Reeves followed Texas’ lead and lifted their mask mandate and other statewide COVID-19 restrictions as well.
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