The mayor of riot-battered Portland, Ore. thanked President Joe Biden for lifting an order that sent federal troops into the city last year amid massive civil unrest.
Democrat Ted Wheeler responded to a White House announcement on Friday that it was reversing several Trump executive orders — including one that allowed the federal government to intervene amid protests and riots in the Rose City.
“Thankful for the support of the current administration,” Wheeler said in a late Saturday Twitter post.
Wheeler was replying to a post from the activist group the Western States Center that called Trump’s initial order unlawful and said it provided “the purported legal basis for his de-facto invasion of Portland with federal troops last July.”
Portland was one of the cities most rocked by protests and riots in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
The city endured 100 nights of protests, and became a national symbol of tensions as the Trump administration sought to clamp down on violence and property damage as rioters set fire to the federal courthouse.
There has been lingering unrest into this spring, leading Wheeler to ask for the public’s help in identifying rioters.
“They want to burn, they want bash, they want to intimidate, they want to assault,” Wheeler said last month.
Wheeler called out a “self-described anarchist mob” for “criminal intimidation and violence.”
“Together we can make a stand … and take our city back,” Wheeler said.
Fifty-five percent of those polled in a recent survey by The Oregonian found that fewer protests would make the city more appealing.
Some 63 percent of those polled said they found the city’s downtown less safe than it had been previously.