Portland mayor Ted Wheeler has no plans to stop tweeting
Ted Wheeler is a glutton for punishment, apparently.
"I had more of a positive vision for the way social media would enfold," the mayor said wistfully during his monthly press briefing on Friday, Nov. 14. "But on balance these tools are still really, really important as a means of engaging people in the community who you might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage."
He's speaking from experience. Like many politicians, the mayor can be bombarded with critical replies to his posts, especially when local riots or protests are spotlighted by national media. He says many of his detractors are not residents of the city and believes some may not even live in America.
As of press time, all of the comments on his latest online offering were negative, including a response in all caps claiming that Antifa takes people hostage, another calling him a "Republican shill," and another suggesting the words affordable housing should be in scare quotes.
Wheeler's post was a short video involving a formerly homeless woman sharing her personal experiences.
The final response: "Your cops swept dignity village on the coldest night of the year so far."