Portland Mayor Wheeler claps back at Donald Trump after one of his supporters was killed during clashes with counter-protesters Saturday night: “You now want me to stop the violence you helped to create.”
During a press briefing on Sunday, Mayor Ted Wheeler eviscerated Trump: “You’ve tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history and now you want me to stop the violence you helped create.”
“What America needs is you to be stopped so that we can come back as one America, while recognizing that we must demand that all people, black, brown, white, every color from every political persuasion pull together and hold all people accountable in stopping racism and violence.
“You bring no peace, you bring no respect to our democracy. You, Mr. President, need to do your job as the leader of this nation. I will do my job as mayor of my city and we will both be held accountable,” Wheeler continued.
Watch as Portland Mayor Wheeler claps back at Donald Trump as he continues to incite violence and divide Americans:
Wheeler responding to Trump: You’ve tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history and now you want me to stop the violence you helped create. pic.twitter.com/7fWcaBjJnj
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 30, 2020
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden issued a scathing statement, saying, “I condemn violence of every kind by anyone” and challenged Trump to do the same.
Reaction on Twitter as Mayor Wheeler claps back at Donald Trump’s attacks:
The Mayor of Portland is eating the president’s lunch on live television.
— Miss November 3rd, 2020 👑 (@cmkinmia) August 30, 2020
The mayor of Portland is not f’ing around today. He came out with fighting words for 45* in his press conference and didn’t flinch. 🤷🏾♀️
— Miss Aja (@brat2381) August 30, 2020
Holy hell – the mayor of Portland is calling Trump out in a bigly way! “It’s YOU” who has created this. pic.twitter.com/151HuNxXHk
— Lance 👉🏻Connect. Unite. Vote Blue. (@LanceUSA70) August 30, 2020
Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland just gave an amazing speech. He called Trump out by name. I'm sure you'll see clips of it soon. He told trump that he was responsible for all this violence and division. He told trump he is the most divisive person in American history.
— Trumps violating the Hatch Act on live TV (@JustSumGuy176) August 30, 2020
Oh man! u have got to watch the Mayor of Portland call rump a reason for the violence and that he is a racist and the entire list of his disgusting behavior. A public official calling him out as a danger to democracy. This IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR! Forgot what it was like.
— cindy kahn (@cindykahn1) August 30, 2020