The woman who confronted Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler received the apology that we all waited for. The mayor apologized finally for the “Summer of Love 2020” riots. Wheeler apologized after Susan Griffin explained how the riots had destroyed her life, her sense of safety and worsened PTSD. There’s one catch.
Wheeler apologized in the past to rioters and squatters who were upset by police actions and for the dismantling of their “autonomous zones,” but he did not apologize for the way the riots affected people living downtown Portland. This area was the epicenter of Antifa violence, BLM violence, and anarchist attacks that began in 2016 and grew out of control by 2020. This planned violence is not a coincidence.
The core of downtown Portland has yet to recover from the riots which used the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as a catalyst for violence, vandalism and arson. They caused looting, destruction and hundreds of millions in damages to government buildings and businesses.
If rioters had been arrested and prosecuted earlier, they might have returned home. But Mike Schmidt, Multnomah County’s District Attorney, who is a fellow traveler of the left, let them largely go un-prosecuted. The Portland Tribune reported 91% of the rioters were never charged.
Mayor Ted Wheeler did not apologize either.
Wheeler did apologize to a frail and disabled woman, who said she was a Democrat registered and that the riots destroyed her life and sense of security. She also told Wheeler about how her neighborhood and her life had been affected by them. She shared her story on Twitter/X Wednesday.
I’m a registered Democrat living in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Four years ago, my life was full. I was happy, free, and content, I could leave my home and not be in fear, I was nothing like I am today.
Oregon Democrats have groomed me.
I was just a little old lady trying to get… https://t.co/EsfjXQR3ul
— Rumble Dumbs (@SusanGriffin530) February 7, 2024
The words written by the downtown resident are echoed throughout the country and in Oregon.
I am a registered Democrat who lives in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. My life was filled four years ago. The life I lived four years ago was full. I was free and happy. I could leave home without fear. I was not the person I am now. Oregon Democrats have trained me. I was a little old woman trying to make it through the “crisis.” As everyone else, I was locked in my apartment during the lockdown. One night, I was awakened by a loud explosion. BOOM!! BOOM!! Then another one, then another. For more than ONE HUNDRED FIFTY CONSECUTIVE EVENINGS I endured the violent riots. The riots were a scream of thousands of people chanting and screaming for hours above my building. Sirens, bullhorns, megaphones, LRAD flash grenades, mortars, fireworks, violence, rage and anger. My neighbors and me were attacked. My life has been much worse in the last four years than it was during the first four years following my child’s death. Grace Stratton lied for four months. She lied about it until the 2020 elections, when she gave me the finger. In June I gave a testimony in front of City Hall, but it was all for nothing. I see the aftermath of the riots, M-110, the homeless crisis, drug addiction, and mental illness when I walk around my neighborhood today. After witnessing 14 overdoses and 3 deaths, I have lost track. Seven times I have been attacked within three blocks of my home in the last 3-1/2 years. You’ll never believe me when I say that I would rather be the same woman I was 4 years ago. Portland’s anger when George Floyd was killed didn’t give anyone a right to riot over 150 nights either because “all police are bastards”. Why don’t talk to them and let me know what you find out? Who on earth thought it was a good idea to let them riot (150+ nights), in the early days of covid during a lockdown due to a pandemic which had killed thousands of people around the world? Am I angry? Twitter is where I vent my anger. Listen to my testimony from City Hall in June last year, and then judge me.
Griffin said that little has changed in the past year since she testified to the City Council last June. She received her much-anticipated apology.
Wheeler also used this opportunity to share with her the impact the riots have had on his life. He was forced to move and had bombs and rocks thrown at his car and house.
He didn’t seek out help to stop the riots, nor did he try to do so. After uttering harsh words, he retracted and joined the rioters. He criticized Trump for sending federal agents to protect federal building.
Portland’s downtown still appears abandoned, boarded-up, and bare. It was a sight I saw myself.
Wheeler will not run for reelection in Portland under the new system of ranked choice voting and expansion of council and professional city managers. Portland is about to become even less governable.