The Democratic mayor of riot-torn Portland, Ore., on Friday pleaded for peace, warning demonstrators they’d become a “prop” for the reelection campaign of President Donald Trump.
The message came during a virtual news conference called by Mayor Ted Wheeler after violent clashes between protesters and police have escalated tensions just days after a pact between state and federal officials appeared to bring calm.
“This is a political point, so it’s a little out afield,” Wheeler said. “Don’t think for a moment that if you are participating in this activity that you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump, because you absolutely are.”
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