Portland’s Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler is abandoning his swanky $840,000 Portland condo and moving elsewhere to avoid violent rioters targeting his building, according to a report out from The Oregonian.
In a letter reportedly written to his neighbors, Wheeler told fellow residents of the Pearl District condo building that it would be “best for me and for everyone else’s safety and peace” if he finds a new place to live.
“I want to express my sincere apologies for the damage to our home and the fear that you are experiencing due to my position,” according to a screenshot of the email sent to The Oregonian. “It’s unfair to all of you who have no role in politics or in my administration.”
Wheeler, who has repeatedly refused President Trump's offer to send federal troops to help quell the violence, reportedly paid $840,000 for the two-bedroom condo in the 17-floor high-rise back in 2017. Unfortunately for the innocent business owners in the city, not everyone has the option to move to avoid watching their buildings burned to the ground.
Wheeler's reported letter comes after mobs have protested in front of Wheeler’s condo building in recent weeks, just one of multiple sites of violent unrest that’s raged across the Democrat-run city since March. Nineteen protesters were arrested during one demonstration outside Wheeler's home after a mob of about 200 people vandalized the building on his 58th birthday.
The chickens are coming home to roost in Portland as anti-police activists rally at mayor Ted Wheeler’s residence and plan to occupy it until he is forced to quit. pic.twitter.com/6Twy2kERQp— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 29, 2020
Antifa rioters have grown the fire outside @tedwheeler’s condo in NW Portland. There is black smoke everywhere on the street. Meanwhile, they are still shining lights into people’s homes. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/MCv6H7Blbf— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 1, 2020
Earlier tonight: Antifa set fires in the building where Mayor Ted Wheeler supposedly lives, prompting police to declare a riot and disburse the crowd to allow firefighters at the scene. pic.twitter.com/OfASXps04p— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 1, 2020
Protests at lawmakers’ homes have become more regular occurrences in cities across the country. Last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended surrounding her million-dollar home in the upscale Logan Square neighborhood with a heavy police presence, citing “specific threats” made “every single day” to “my person, my wife and my home” – even as business owners in her city were left to fend for themselves against violent rioters.