Portland Mayor Receives Backlash After Antifa Attacks Reporter Covering Their Latest Protest

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D-Ore.) is facing backlash for his continued tolerance of Antifa violence in his city, following the attack of Quillette reporter Andy Ngo.

On Saturday, Ngo was covering a protest between a white supremacist Proud Boys group and the local Antifa protesters. During the protests, a group singled out Ngo — who has an extensive record of covering Antifa protests to highlight violent outbreaks — and attacked him.

The group hit him with “milkshakes” that reportedly contained a concrete mixture and proceeded to beat him.

According to Ngo’s attorney, the reporter suffered a brain bleed from the attack and was required to spend the night in the hospital.

Several people were outraged at the Antifa’s brutal attack of Ngo and questioned why the police were not there to break up the group before it sent him to the hospital.

Some speculated that Wheeler may have ordered the police to stand down from the Antifa mob, as he as done in the past. During protests against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last year, Wheeler ordered police to stand down as his city devolved into chaos.

As IJR reported at the time, Wheeler ordered his police not to defend ICE officers from the Antifa mob because the agency was “on the wrong track.”

While it isn’t clear that Wheeler was involved in the policing operation on Saturday, many people took to Twitter to call him out for past support of Antifa protesters and for the latest failures of the police to keep the protest Ngo was covering violence-free.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) even called on federal law enforcement to investigate Wheeler’s inaction against the Antifa.

For now, it isn’t clear what will happen in Portland. Wheeler has yet to speak publicly about the violent protest, though the Portland Police Department has called on the public to come forward with any information about the milkshakes laced with “quick drying cement.”

The department reported three arrests from the event, though none appear to be explicitly tied to Ngo’s assault. In total, eight people required medical attention for injuries sustained during the protest, including three officers.

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Jones
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Jones

The ‘mayor’ needs to spend some time in jail. He’s abrogated his duties and is worse than the ‘antifa’ fascists. He needs to go

Mfong
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Mfong

This is reason we need to keep the right to keep and bear arms.

Eric
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Eric

The Mayor of Portland has blood on his hands.
As much of the scum on the left has!!
The Mayor needs to be charged for the same crimes!

Otis
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Three arrests. Wow. Portland is cutting edge when it comes to ‘progressive’ freedoms isn’t it?

Otis
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Far left scum deserve three arrests? Ooooo. Scary.
The Left Coast is just that. I’m beginning to think Portland needs a visit from Mt. Rainier ash and maybe even some lava.

Carter Crosswaite
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Carter Crosswaite

Oregon law enforcement will do nothing! I say that those of us who are military, ex-military, belong to militias or are just proficient with firearms should take care of the Antifa terrorist problem ourselves. Oh and Mayor Ted Wheeler too. He aided and abetted and encouraged criminal violence against innocents.

Steve
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Steve

Portland: the Alabama of the Great Northwest.

Stephen F. Signer
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Stephen F. Signer

Sue the Portland City Council, Mayor, and Police department both federally under civil rights violations against Mr Ngo, and civilly for his injuries
Best wishes for his recovery
Best wishes for the Republic
And shame on the cowardice of the press who cannot recognize real heroism and danger

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