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Portland Mayor denounces violence, calls out Trump for creating "hate and divison"

Portland Mayor denounces violence, calls out Trump for creating "hate and divison"
Portland, Oregon mayor Ted Wheeler (l) during the 2020 George Floyd protests in Portland, Oregon, in front of projection stating "THEODORE RESIGN" Credit: Tedder / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler has denounced Saturday's act of violence in downtown Portland, where a man was shot during a clash between right-wing supporters and protestors.

Wheeler further blamed President Donald Trump for having created an America that sees a level of violence not seen in decades, saying that it's Trump who has created "the hate and the division."

"President Trump, for four years we've had to live with you and your racist attacks on black people. We learned early about your sexist attitudes towards women. We've had to endure clips of you mocking a disabled man; we've had to listen to your anti-democratic attacks on journalists; we've read your tweets slamming private citizens to the point of receiving death threats; and we've listened to your attacks on immigrants," so Wheeler.

"You bring no peace. You bring no respect to our democracy," Wheeler added. "You've tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history and now you want me to stop the violence you helped create. What America needs is for you to be stopped so that we can come back together as one America."

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