Democrats reign supreme in the 2020 ‘failure of leadership’ category.  One of the more egregious, ludicrous, and kind of sad examples of failed leadership is that of dangerously feckless Portland, OR mayor Ted Wheeler.

Bumbling and tone-deaf, the hapless Wheeler made a complete donkey of himself by showing up at a violent, destructive antifa/BLM ‘protest.’  His effort to show his solidarity with the fringe freaks’ ‘struggle’ was utterly cringeworthy.

Unswayed by this utter humiliation and blissfully unaware that his simpering weakness emboldens rather than appeases, Wheeler then chose to abandon his home at the orders of violent antifa/BLM mobs.

Wheeler now suggests that giving a free rein to antifa/BLM mobs didn’t work out as he hoped.  Apparently, rolling over and being your enemies’ willing victim is a bad idea.  Who knew?

So wait, is Wheeler refuting Joe Biden’s mocking assertion that antifa is “just an idea” and not real?

KOIN reports:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler minced no words in his opening remarks at a New Year’s Day press conference following a riot on New Year’s Eve in downtown.

Wheeler laid out the “who, what, when, where and why” of what happened Thursday.

“The who: violent antifa and anarchists,” the mayor said. They rampaged through downtown Portland causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage with spray painting, window breaking, fires and fireworks.

“Why? This is the hardest question of all to answer,” Wheeler said. “Why would a group of largely white, young and some middle age men destroy the livelihood of others who are struggling to get by?”

. . . . “My good faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical antifa and anarchists,” Wheeler said. “In response it will be necessary to use additional tools and to push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end.”

Wheeler said he is committing to 3 things:

“Federal, state, county and local law enforcement to convene to deal with anarchist violence. as soon as possible,” even next week.
Calling on state legislature to increase penalties for repeat offenders
“I believe people convicted of criminal destruction be required to meet with those whose businesses they damaged,” Wheeler said, “and be required to do public service.”

Wheeler acknowledges that his groveling appeasement is met with (frankly, justifiable) scorn, but he just can’t seem to grasp why that is or what to do about it.

For example, his “commitment” to vague calls for “convening” federal, state, county, and local law enforcement to “deal” with anarchist violence (in what way? Particularly if DA’s aren’t pressing charges?), “calling on” legislation, and instituting state-mandated “meetings” of criminals and their victims are laughable and naive.

This is an appeasement pig all dolled-up with glossy lipstick.

 

 
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