What? A Wall Goes Up Around Portland City Hall, But Mayor Wheeler Promised 'Bridges, Not Walls'

In this Jan. 17, 2017 photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks during a press conference in Portland, Ore. Wheeler is condemning the actions of some protesters after a May Day march took a violent turn in Portland Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

 

The Portland Tribune reports that a wall is being built around Portland City Hall. The reason this is so delightfully ironic is because the city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, gave an inspiring speech last year which he titled, “Building Bridges, Not Walls.”

On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day, the far-left mayor told the crowd, “The reality is that we’re living at a time where at the federal level, we have an administration that’s seeking to build a wall to divide us…We have a president who emboldens racist behavior.”

According to The Tribune:

Wooden walls are being erected around City Hall and the Portland Building to protect them from vandalism.

According to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office, despite other fencing that was put up last week, both buildings continue to be marked with graffiti each night of the ongoing protests.

“Cleaning the buildings each day is taking public resources, particularly due to the limestone surface at City Hall. We are looking into the possibility of partnering with the arts community to create murals on the plywood in support of the racial justice movement,” Wheeler’s office told the Portland Tribune.

Protests have taken place downtown for more than 11 nights in a row following the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Although the most intense activity has taken place at the Justice Center, other buildings have been repeatedly vandalized, too, including the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse and Pioneer Place.

Journalist Andy Ngo was violently attacked by members of Antifa last summer while covering a protest in the city. The far-right group Proud Boys and other men’s-rights activists planned a rally in downtown Portland. And members of Rose City Antifa, the group that Project Veritas recently managed to infiltrate for an exposé, held a counter-protest. As Ngo was filming, he was assaulted.

Ngo weighed in on Mayor Wheeler’s new security wall on twitter. He wrote, “When his own security is at risk, @tedwheeler’s platitudes about not building walls suddenly no longer apply.”

Liberals are hypocrites, but we already knew that.