President Trump slams Portland Mayor Wheeler over recent violence

A man is treated by medics after being shot during a confrontation on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

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UPDATED 2:50 PM PT – Sunday, August 30, 2020

On Sunday, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler gave an update on the recent clashes in his city. During the press briefing, he was quick to blame President Trump for the ongoing violence.

The mayor claimed political division in the U.S. was the president’s fault.

“Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence?” he asked. “It’s you who have created the hate and the division.”

In recent days, the president has urged local authorities to request federal aid amid destructive riots and looting. He responded to Wheeler’s remarks by slamming the mayor’s own lack of action to restore order.

“Ted Wheeler, the wacky radical left, do nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland, who has watched great death and destruction of his city during his tenure, thinks this lawless situation should go on forever,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “Portland will never recover with a fool for a mayor.”

“The only way you will stop the violence in the high crime Democrat run cities is through strength,” he added.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks to Black Lives Matter protesters on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

This came just one day after a man was shot and killed in downtown Portland. The incident reportedly occurred Saturday night following clashes between “Black Lives Matter” protesters and a group of President Trump’s supporters.

A huge caravan of around 600 vehicles rolled through the streets of the downtown area as part of the “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally” in Portland. They were later confronted by a group of anti-police protesters.

According to police, the caravan left the area early in the night. However, almost immediately after they dispersed, several gunshots were reported.

The following footage could be considered graphic.

Officers explained they arrived on scene within one minute and tried to resuscitate the gunshot victim. Despite their efforts, he did not survive.

Several reports described the victim as a white male wearing “Patriot Prayer” attire and a “Blue Lives Matter” patch.

President Donald Trump supporters attend a rally and car parade Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, from Clackamas to Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Portland police made at least 10 arrests during Saturday night’s disturbances.

Local law enforcement has not yet released a description of the suspect, but they are planning to use related posts on social media as evidence during the investigation. Authorities have also asked anyone with information or firsthand footage to come forward.

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