Embattled Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler got into a Twitter feud with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over the heinous attack on a freelance journalist by Antifa thugs at a demonstration Saturday.
Wheeler has been fighting back allegations that he told police to stand down in order to avoid confrontations with the left-wing protesters.
“At least get your facts straight. I ordered no such thing,” claimed Wheeler in a response to the accusation from Cruz.
Cruz responded in a scathing tweet sent on Tuesday.
“Ok, Mr. Mayor,” said Cruz. “You want [to] talk ‘facts.’ Great.”
“Fact 1: a conservative journalist was violently assaulted by ANTIFA thugs on the streets of your city,” Cruz continued, referring to Andy Ngo, who was hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage suffered in the attack.
“Fact 2: you said ‘I support the Portland Police Bureau’s decision not to intervene,'” he continued.
“Fact 3: you have a pattern of withdrawing police protection to further your political agenda,” Cruz concluded in a second tweet. “When ANTIFA terrorists threatened ICE in Portland, you ORDERED police not to protect federal agents.”
Cruz also added a link to a U.S. Senate resolution that condemned Wheeler’s “partisan civil rights violations.”
On Monday Wheeler finally broke his silence about the attack on Andy Ngo and he posted a statement decrying the violence while vowing to bring those responsible to justice. His critics, including Cruz, said it wasn’t enough.
Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner also accused Wheeler of holding back the police in their law enforcement efforts.
“It’s time for our Mayor to do two things: tell both ANTIFA and Proud Boys that our City will not accept violence in our City and remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action,” Turner said in a statement.
“Enough is enough,” he added.
Here’s the latest on the Antifa attack:
Fascists ‘thugs’ behind Andy Ngo’s ‘disgusting’ bashing