After President Donald Trump invoked Portland in his acceptance speech Thursday on the Republican Nationwide Conference, Mayor Ted Wheeler has formally fired again.In an open letter launched Friday, Wheeler criticized Trump’s divisive rhetoric, in addition to his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, and the federal authorities’s response to ongoing protests towards police violence in Portland and elsewhere.“We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic,” Wheeler mentioned within the letter. “And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection.”Trump, who has beforehand criticized the protests and management in Portland, claimed, with out proof, that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would defund police departments throughout the nation if elected president, making “every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon.”Biden has not supported activists of their calls to defund police departments and has truly referred to as for a $300 million funding in policing contingent on new range initiatives.In his letter Friday, Wheeler provided assist for the protests, calling them a part of a “proud progressive tradition” in Portland. However the mayor additionally condemned some protesters’ actions, together with the small quantities of harm achieved to metropolis, federal and private-owned buildings on the town.“There is no place for looting, arson, or vandalism in our city. There is no room here for racist violence or those who wish to bring their ideology of hate into our community,” Wheeler mentioned. “Those who commit criminal acts will be apprehended and prosecuted under the law.”Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s open letter to President Donald Trump, launched Aug. 28, 2020.Wheeler and Portland police confronted criticism this week following violent clashes that occurred final Saturday as right-wing protesters confirmed up downtown to face off towards left-wing protesters who’ve been demonstrating for months. Police stood by as the 2 sides fought within the streets, tossing projectiles, unloading pepper spray and beating each other.One right-wing protester, Alan Swinney, was photographed brandishing a gun, whereas one other, Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, was seen clearly violating a courtroom order to steer clear of protests.Portland police chief Chuck Lovell mentioned he didn’t anticipate officers to acknowledge Toese within the crowd, and defended the shortage of police response Saturday by saying that it was “difficult to weigh the risk versus reward” of breaking apart the combat.Wheeler, who’s police commissioner and working for re-election, laid some blame for the unrest at President Trump’s toes, saying that by sending federal brokers into the town and repeatedly attacking Portland protesters in his speeches, he’s solely made the scenario worse.“In Portland, we are focused on coming together as a community to solve the serious challenges we face due to systemic racism, a global pandemic and an economic recession,” Wheeler mentioned. “Stay away, please.”You may learn the complete letter on-line.–Jamie Hale; [email protected]; 503-294-4077; @HaleJamesBSubscribe to Oregonian/OregonLive newsletters and podcasts for the newest information and prime tales.