The Natives Are Getting (More) Restless
According to a Fox News article, protest mobs are turning on liberal urban mayors, rejecting their support and demanding resignations.
Portland mayor Ted Wheeler got a taste of the tension last night while attending what was supposed to be a “listening session” in the city. Wheeler seemed to get an ear full of jeers and derogatory comments from protestors.
“Tear gas Ted has got to go.”
The Fox article mentions that a restless crowd included a protester calling him a “f—ing a–hole” while others chanted “Tear gas Ted has got to go.”
Oregon Public Broadcasting also mentioned that Wheeler experienced a taste test of sorts, saying “he got tear-gassed when federal officers used chemicals and flashbang grenades to scatter the crowd.”
Wheeler later commented, “It was not great,” and “It makes your eyes really burn.”
The article goes on to quote Wheeler as saying he, “will push state legislators to end qualified immunity for police officers.” He told demonstrators that they’ve already helped achieve major changes in the Portland Police Bureau.
Back In The ‘Frey’
“I’ve been coming to grips with my own brokenness in this situation, my own failures.”Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has wisely stayed out of the news since being rebuked, scorned, and verbally battered last June when telling a large crowd of protestors that he had no intention of abolishing the police department in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
This is the city where the mayhem first started shortly after Floyd’s death. The shock and utter disgust of the event traveled worldwide, sparking protests from the US to London, onwards to nearly every major city on the planet.
The StarTribune mentioned in an article that Frey said, “I do have to take responsibility here,” Frey told protesters last weekend, as he teed up a message on police reform that he knew would not satisfy them. “I’ve been coming to grips with my own brokenness in this situation, my own failures.”
The City That Never Sleeps (But The Mayor Wishes It Would)
Over in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio has also been getting his fair share of hate. At the George Floyd memorial in the city last June, the majority of the large crowd turned their backs on de Blasio while he was trying to speak.
“Black lives matter in New York,” the mayor attempted to say at the protest at Cadman Plaza at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.
“Not to you!” one heckler shouted.Interaction between Mayor Bill de Blasio and a heckler
AP News quoted the mayor as saying, “We do always respect the right to protest, but we have to think about health and safety first, and the health and safety issues were growing,” said de Blasio, a Democrat. “So it was time to take action.”
This was in reference to an encampment of protesters and homeless people near New York’s City Hall that was raided before dawn on Wednesday.