Senator Ted Cruz called for the investigation of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler after his questionable handling of the latest series of Antifa protests which left conservative journalist Andy Ngo badly beaten.
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,” Cruz tweeted.
Richard Grenell, a current U.S. Ambassador to Germany also called for investigation, tweeting that he has asked the Justice Department to “investigate the incident in Portland.”
“I can’t just sit by and watch my friend be brutally attacked,” he added.
Peter Boghossian, a professor at Portland State University, said it’s “past time” to “impeach” Wheeler.
Wheeler issued a statement in which he tried to answer the criticism.
“Portland has always been a beacon of free speech. We are proud of that history,” said Wheeler. “But in the last couple of years, some have increasingly used their opportunity to exercise their 1st amendment rights, as an opportunity to incite violence.”
Over the weekend some chose to engage in violence in Portland, which is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” he continued.
“We stand against all forms of violence – regardless of someone’s political leanings. Portland police officers have the unenviable task of keeping the peace. It’s a difficult job and hard decisions are made in real-time,” Wheeler added.
“While we continue to learn more about what transpired over the weekend, we will keep you informed,” he concluded. “We will do everything we can to make sure that those who have committed violence are held accountable.”
Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner condemned the violence but demanded that Mayor Wheeler allow police to do their jobs.
“Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence?” said Turner in a statement. “If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. This is a perfect example of Portland politics at work and why our great City is now under fire in the national news.”
“It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied,” he added later in the statement.
It’s time for our Mayor to do two things: tell both ANTIFA and Proud Boys that our City will not accept violence in our City and remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action,” Turner concluded. “Enough is enough.”
On Monday, Ngo’s lawyer issued a warning to the Antifa scum who attacked his client, while putting the blame on city government leaders.
“Goodnight everyone except Antifa criminals who I plan to sue into oblivion and then sow salt into their yoga studios and avocado toast stands until nothing grows there,” Dhillon said in a tweet, “not even the glimmer of a violent criminal conspiracy aided by the effete impotence of a cowed city government.”
Ngo, who works for the website Quillette, has posted a photo of himself from a hospital, with bruises, cuts, and scratches on his face.
Mayor Wheeler has ignored the dangerous political climate caused by left-wing terror group for too long and they have become increasingly bold as a result. This is not the first time they have attacked someone, and without serious condemnation and investigation, it may only be the beginning of something much worse still to come.