Mayor of Portland joins the mob, gets tear gassed by federal agents and then LIES about why it happened

Last night the Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, joined the mob around the federal courthouse and ended up getting tear gassed with the rest of the crowd after the mob tried to tear down the new fence protecting the court house:


CHICAGO TRIBUNE – The mayor of Portland, Oregon, was tear gassed by the U.S. government late Wednesday as he stood at a fence guarding a federal courthouse during another night of protest against the presence of federal agents sent by President Donald Trump to quell unrest in the city.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, said it was the first time he’d been tear gassed and appeared slightly dazed and coughed as he put on a pair of goggles someone handed him and drank water. He didn’t leave his spot at the front, however, and continued to take gas. Around Wheeler, the protest raged, with demonstrators lighting a large fire in the space between the fence and the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse and the pop-pop-pop of federal agents deploying tear gas and stun grenades into the crowd.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the federal agents knew Wheeler was in the crowd when they used the tear gas.

Here’s video of Wheeler getting tear gassed:

As I noted, the reason this happened is because the mob was trying to breach the fence surrounding the courthouse. But wheeler completely lied about it, saying he saw nothing to provoke this response from federal agents and called it an egregious overreaction. Watch this side by side video showing what really happened as the mayor lied:

Back to Wheeler. It’s important to note that while Wheeler was there trying to express support for the mob, it didn’t go well for him:

Earlier in the night, Wheeler was mostly jeered as he tried to rally demonstrators who have clashed nightly with federal agents but was briefly applauded when he shouted “Black Lives Matter” and pumped his fist in the air. The mayor has opposed federal agents’ presence in Oregon’s largest city, but he has faced harsh criticism from many sides and his presence wasn’t welcomed by many, who yelled and swore at him.

Fox News reported this morning that Wheeler’s security eventually got him out of there. As he was leaving he was followed by an angry mob:


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