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August 25, 2021

By Mike Huckabee

If you’ve seen any video this week from the streets of Portland, Oregon, you could be forgiven for mistaking it for footage from Kabul. It’s a fascinating example of how far-left rule always ends the same way: in absolute chaos. In Portland, far left and far right groups are clashing in the streets with rising levels of violence. It started with property destruction and shooting paintballs, air guns, fireworks and chemical spray at each other, which escalated to baseball bats and on Sunday, gunfire.

And where are the police during all this? Standing by and doing nothing, as ordered. They’ve been told to take a “hands-off” approach and observe the violence from a distance, only intervening when it got so out of control that actual shots were fired. This, “despite calls by officials and police to remain peaceful.”

Meanwhile, far-left Mayor Ted Wheeler insists this was the right strategy and is a success: “This time, violence was contained to the groups of people who chose to engage in violence toward each other. The community at large was not harmed and the broader public was protected. Property damage was minimal.” He said a larger police presence might have enticed Antifa into attacking police or damaging more property. (Hint: that would have been your cue to arrest them.)

So, just to recap: a weak leftist leader tried to stop violent radicals from doing what they do by begging them to be peaceful. He failed to use the force available to him to keep order for fear that the radicals might not like that. And now they’re trying to convince us that despite the evidence of our lying eyes, there’s no out-of-control violence or citizens feeling threatened. No, this strategy has been a whopping success.

If anyone can tell me any difference between how Wheeler is handling Portland and how Biden is handling Afghanistan, aside from the scale of the carnage, I’d love to hear it.

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  • Adam Ward

    08/30/2021 10:04 AM

    I was just in Portland a few weeks ago. That place looks like an Eastern European country from the 90s. It’s horrible!

  • Marlon R Riley

    08/26/2021 09:02 PM

    This country needs to restore common sense and restore police to do their jobs.No mayor or governor should have power to make police stand down totally unacceptable and utterly rediculous.

  • Red Green

    08/26/2021 11:15 AM

    Where are the people of Portland????? These folks support this chaos through their non responsive behavior. Guess they are the new role models for all American patriots! How long will we wait??

  • Rosemarie Kaupp

    08/25/2021 04:17 PM

    No difference at all! I guess all the laws on the books against assault have been erased along with authority's obligation to prevent injury & death & ensure the common good. Perhaps it is some new Progressive Handbook that allows militants and terrorists carte blanche as long as some crazy excuse can be put forth. The Taliban & Radicals are in charge while police & military are kept from doing what they are trained & sworn to do. If it makes sense to the Biden administration, who is the Portland mayor to argue? That's where relativism has brought us. As long as police, military, the White House & Capitol are safe, don't confuse me with details about American citizens being injured, held hostage or killed.

  • Craig Nagasugi

    08/25/2021 03:43 PM

    Oregon has "mutual combat" laws and I'm assuming the mayor and police department are ok with AntiFa and Proud Boys beating each other senseless. That being said, I've seen video and reporting that confirms AntiFa being on the butt end of a beatdown. Good!