After 95 continuous days and nights of violent protests in the streets of Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler has finally had enough. He announced recently that he’s moving out of his $840,000 condo located in downtown Portland to an undisclosed location.
His condo has been a frequent target of anarchists and other rioters that have descended upon and nearly destroyed parts of downtown Portland. And, like his liberal counterparts in Minneapolis, the Portland mayor has done little to stop the nightly rioting. Interestingly, he’s not the first liberal big city mayor to flee his home to avoid the protesters. It was disclosed earlier this week that St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson fled her home in July to avoid the sometimes-violent protests that have rocked that city since May.
The mayor of Portland finally did “denounce” violence. Issuing strong statements like that isn’t likely to stop the Molotov cocktails being flung into homes and buildings occupied by innocent citizens.
Apparently Mayor Wheeler is oblivious to the fact that most, if not all of the 114 neighbors in his condominium complex aren’t all so privileged as to be able to escape the nightly terror that prevails in Portland under his watch – they’re trapped in their homes, fearful of the arson, robberies and shootings that have become commonplace on urban American streets this summer.
Wheeler announced this week that “he still stands with the protesters” not the over-worked police forces that are trying to maintain some semblance of law and order on our streets.
So, while the rest of us are forced to fend for ourselves in increasingly lawless cities, Mayor Ted Wheeler can behave like Thurston Howell, III and leave for a safer and undisclosed home, away from the mayhem he’s tolerated for nearly three months.
Ah yes, it’s good to be king.