White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany concluded her press briefing on Monday by ripping into Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for finally acknowledging that the actions of radical leftists in his city could be deadly—admitted after months of violent protests were permitted to ensue.
Mayor Wheeler finally admitted this only after he focused all of his energy on attacking federal forces who were trying to intervene to protect the people of his city. McEnany did not hesitate to call him out, pointing out that his admission of leftist violence is a little too late.
“Finally, one thing I want to leave you guys with is that 18 days ago, Mayor Ted Wheeler tweeted, ‘What I saw last night in Portland was powerful in many ways. I listened, heard and stood with protesters and I saw what it means when the federal government unleashes paramilitary forces against its own people,'” McEnany began. She went on to add:
“He in fact called our federal agents paramilitary forces, and around this same time our federal officers were facing rioters barricading officers inside the courthouse, trapping officers inside, launching of commercial-grade fireworks, a federal agent’s hand was impaled by planted nails, three officers were likely, were at least temporarily I should say, blinded when a laser was put in their eyes. This has been an ongoing tactic by the rioters.
“That was 18 days ago when Mayor Wheeler stood with the rioters and against the ‘paramilitary forces,’ but just four days ago, it appears Mayor Wheeler had a change of heart as local officers took over the situation in Portland and he now — I guess this is what he believes now: ‘When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating; you are attempting to commit murder.’”
It was not until last Thursday that Wheeler finally admitted that the actions of the radical leftists had taken a deadly turn. He waited until the first week of August to make the following admission, despite the fact that these protests had been escalating in Portland ever since the death of George Floyd at the end of May:
When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people that you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating; you are attempting to commit murder. This is not the first time that people have tried to set fire to a city building with people intentionally trapped inside.
Unfortunately, it’s not even the second time. And by the way, this building is in a residential neighborhood attached directly to neighborhood homes. This can’t be okay. Based on the briefing I received this morning…I believe the city staff could have died last night.
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McEnany, however, was not having any of Wheeler’s nonsense, concluding her rant against him by saying:
“He could not be more right about that. It is a drastic change; it took him 73 days I suppose to come up with that realization and what we’re seeing in Portland with six nights in a row, riots being declared, on Wednesday, you had some of these rioters shining lasers in officers’ eyes, disabled security cameras, broke windows, used boards to barricade the doors and start a fire with 20 sworn officers and civilian employees inside.
“This is unacceptable and it is encouraging to see that the liberal mayor of Portland finally seems to realize that.”
Nothing gets past McEnany! President Donald Trump is truly lucky to have someone like her in his White House.
This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on August 11, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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