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Portland Mayors Warns Protesters That They’re Helping Donald Trump Politically

Donald Trump did not have an impressive response to the George Floyd protests. Since the demonstrations began, the president’s polling numbers have cratered. He also had a well documented episode where he tear-gassed peaceful protesters so he could take a photo in front of a church.

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But in the month of July, Trump figured out a way to exploit the protests for his political gain. The president, calling himself a law and order candidate, has sent troops into certain cities. On Friday, Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler warned demonstrators that they are now helping Donald Trump poltically.

The Trump campaign has released ads showing encounters between the troops and the protesters. Wheeler said during a virtual press conferece, “This is a political point, so it’s a little out afield. Don’t think for a moment that if you are participating in this activity that you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump, because you absolutely are.”

The Mayor continued, “You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.”

Trump has certainly returned fire on Wheeler. After the Mayor was tear-gassed after joining a protest, the president said, “He made a fool out of himself. He wanted to be among the people. So he went into the crowd. And they knocked the hell out of him. That was the end of him. So it was pretty, pretty pathetic.”



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