Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had some pointed words for Portland. As Giuliani set his sights on Mayor Ted Wheeler.
He claimed, “Anybody in America that wants to riot, go to Portland. You can riot like crazy. You can break open windows. You can steal liquor. You can steal dresses. You can steal televisions. And even if you get arrested, you’ll be out in six hours.”
And told, “Meanwhile, you’ve got a mayor who’s shown support for you by rioting with you and trying to attack the federal building. He’s trying to blame it on the federal government, which tells you how pathetic he is.”
Giuliani defended sending federal agents to Portland, and denied claims that their presence has exacerbated tensions. “The federal government didn’t arrive until a week ago. That’s [the rioting’s] been going on for two months. And the federal government is doing just one thing and one thing alone. They are protecting the federal building they [the rioters] have vowed to take down and they have the appropriate law enforcement officers there to do it. They have not introduced the army. That’s another complete lie by the lunatic left. They are using DEA agents, ATF agents and other civil law enforcement organizations.”
President Donald Trump personal counsel took issue with descriptions of the agents as “secret police” by some critics. “That’s ridiculous. They’re not secret police, [there’s] nothing secret about them at all. They say they’re in plainclothes. Well, of course they’re in plainclothes. My most effective policemen [in New York] were in plainclothes … Sometimes you want a uniform to deter somebody from doing it [crime]. Sometimes we’re dealing with a more sophisticated problem. You want a police officer that can’t be recognized, so we can observe the crime and then make the arrest.”
The president now under fire from cities all around the country. With many taking issue in the definition of a protest vs. riot.