Anti-ICE protesters upset that Mayor Ted Wheeler directed the police to shut down their camp must be surprised to learn a Wall Street Journal contributor thinks he's on their side.
A few days after police cleared the 38-day-old camp outside the ICE facility in Southwest Portland, the Journal published an opinion piece headlined, "Anarchy Breaks Out in Portland, With Mayor's Blessing." Written by Andy Ngo, the Portland-based sub-editor of the Quillette website, it chronicled all the complaints of bad behavior against the protesters, including their confrontations with a nearby food cart that drove it out of business.
Ngo then went on to charge the camp was operating with Wheeler's approval, citing repeated instances of him saying the police would not intervene in the protest, including a tweet which said, "If (ICE is) looking for a bailout from this mayor, they are looking in the wrong place."
Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is not being mentioned in new media roundups of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, despite the press he's gotten for calling attention to Trump's family-separation policy and the withdrawal of Oregon federal prosecutor Ryan Bounds' nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Daily Beast website posted a story headlined "The 2020 Dem Class is Already Frantically Making Moves Behind the Scenes" on July 31. It mentioned 13 potential candidates, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, in addition to such usual suspects as former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. But it didn't mention Merkley.
Nor was Merkley included in recent rankings of top Democratic presidential candidates by CNN, The Observer, the Times of London, and the Chicago Tribune. He was included in the "worth watching" category by the Tribune, however.
Political distrust strikes home
Even though the Portland area voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, the lack of trust in elected officials that helped send Donald Trump to the White House still exists here.
An online survey conducted for the Oregon Department of Transportation in December 2017 found far more residents in the region have no trust at all in their local elected officials than a lot of trust.
According to the survey, only 9 percent of respondents have a great deal of trust in city officials, compared to 31 percent who have no trust at all. The split for their state representatives was 7 percent to 30 percent. When asked about bipartisan elected officials, it was 7 percent to 22 percent.