Woman Who May Be Portland’s Next Mayor Says “I Am Antifa”
Portland’s current Mayor Ted Wheeler has done next-to-nothing as rioters have ravaged his city for over three months now. He’s even publicly declared that he’s rejected federal assistance every single time President Donald Trump has offered it, as if this was something to be proud of, not a damning admission.
Despite this, Wheeler faces daily calls to resign from the very rioters he appears to support. Rioters have set fires in the lobby of his apartment complex, and protested outside of it for days to the point where Wheeler is now moving in an attempt to avoid it.
Wheeler could very well lose his position as Mayor in the election this year, and his replacement could actually be worse.
As Peter Hasson reports in the Daily Caller:
Left-wing activist Sarah Iannarone will face incumbent Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler in a runoff election on Nov. 3 after neither candidate received a majority of votes in the first round of voting.
Wheeler beat Iannarone in the first round of voting, but has faced criticism from both sides of the political spectrum over his handling of the city’s nightly unrest, which has included nearly 30 riots since late May. A supporter of President Donald Trump was shot and killed Saturday night during a pro-Trump demonstration in Portland.
Iannarone, whose platform includes a “Housing for All” plank and a pledge to slash the city’s police funding, identified herself as a member of the Antifa movement in a January 2019 tweet.
“To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa,” she wrote. “I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more. They are coming after our democracy,” she added.
Sarah also clarifies on her Twitter that her pronouns are “she” and “her,” just in case there was any confusion what gender someone with the name Sarah might be.
To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa.
I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more.
— sarah iannarone (she/her) (@sarahforpdx) January 27, 2019
Polling in late June had the race in a dead heat, with 33% saying they’d vote for Wheeler, and 32% for Iannarone (and 35% unsure).
Like Wheeler, Iannarone has refused to condemn violent protests throughout the city, instead arguing “We need to understand these protests are part of a healthy democracy. Peaceful protests, in my opinion, might not necessarily be moving the conversation forward.”
Iannarone is also angered that Wheeler, who has done nothing to end the riots in his city, has supposedly done too much to end the riots in his city.
With progressives running the show, things can always get worse.