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.
— Jim Ryan (@Jimryan015) June 29, 2019
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2019
Attacked by antifa. Bleeding. They stole my camera equipment. No police until after. waiting for ambulance . If you have evidence Of attack please help
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2019
According to Ngo’s attorney, the reporter suffered a brain bleed from the attack and was required to spend the night in the hospital.
Andy Ngo's lawyer says he suffered a brain bleed from the attack today: https://t.co/0oUspOdXzy
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) June 30, 2019
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.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 29, 2019
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 30, 2019
This is awful.
Where were the police when this happened? https://t.co/QpfBzoTeNm
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 29, 2019
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.”
I drove by the demonstration yesterday, it seemed to be very peaceful and I was pleased to see that. I want to be very clear I do not want the @PortlandPolice to be engaged or sucked into a conflict, particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track (2/4)
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) June 20, 2018
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.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 29, 2019
What happened to @MrAndyNgo is horrible and inexcusable. The #mayor @tedwheeler should be resign for what he has done to #portland. I feel bad for the @PortlandPolice having their hands tied. The socialists with #antifa are dangerous and un-American. pic.twitter.com/k7PV2YTUgW
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 30, 2019
It’s past time to #impeach #Portland #Mayor @tedwheeler. He’s allowing street thugs to assault journalists, blockade hospitals, and pull pedestrians out of their cars. His behavior is disgraceful and impeachment proceedings must begin immediately. @MrAndyNgo
— Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) June 30, 2019
I know Portland is weird, but how do they tolerate a mayor (@tedwheeler) who tolerates this nonsense?
His streets are straight out of Mad Max Thunderdome. This is a giant, glaring failure of leadership https://t.co/YIWtrFz1OZ
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) June 29, 2019
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) even called on federal law enforcement to investigate Wheeler’s inaction against the Antifa.
To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists. https://t.co/5xyCDARICl https://t.co/c0Tf3SsKEf
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 30, 2019
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.”
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 30, 2019
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.