Portland, Oregon’s Democratic mayor is on the run after rioters tried to set his residence on fire.
A mob descended on Ted Wheeler’s condo building Monday night and started a fire on the ground floor, according to Breitbart, but thankfully, no one appears to have been hurt.
A fire in Portland
The scene came as Portland approaches 100 days of almost constant riots that Wheeler has failed to get under control. Last weekend, a member of Antifa is alleged to have killed a Trump supporter in the street, the Wall Street Journal reported, as the violence continued.
Despite his attempts to flatter the mob, Wheeler’s residence has been a target of its ire, and on Monday night a group of over 200 gathered outside for a perverse birthday party, according to OregonLive.com.
Mocking the mayor, the demonstrators called on him to step down and laid waste to the area, smashing windows and setting fires in the street with stolen furniture, the local KATU reported. Police called a riot after the mob started a fire on the ground floor of an apartment building, apparently the building where Wheeler lives, targeting a dentist’s office below, according to Breitbart.
The dentist’s office is minority-owned, according to people gathered there, and there were children in the building at the time. In unsettling video shared by Breitbart, someone can be heard shouting, “There’s f*****g kids in the building! What the f**k?!”
The blaze was put out before it could spread, and 19 people were arrested for the night’s mayhem, according to OregonLive.
Wheeler on the run
Wheeler has blamed Donald Trump for the chaos in his city while refusing help from the president, telling him in a letter Friday that he has no need for federal assistance, as Fox News reported.
Despite a pretense of having things under control, Wheeler revealed to neighbors Tuesday that he is leaving the condo building after Monday evening’s witches’ sabbath, telling residents in the 16-story high rise that it’s “unfair” for them to be targeted.
“I want to express my sincere apologies for the damage to our home and the fear that you are experiencing due to my position,” Wheeler wrote, according to the New York Post. “It’s unfair to all of you who have no role in politics or in my administration.”
Wheeler’s neighbors, meanwhile, are starting to lose their patience with the status quo.
“I think, sadly, this no longer has anything to do with Black Lives Matter and that’s the tragedy of this,” one resident told KGW8 in Portland. “I think that message has been co-opted by people with a totally different agenda.”