‘I am Antifa’: This Antifa Supporter Could Be Portland’s Next Mayor

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by Peter Hasson

 

Portland’s next mayor could be an open supporter of Antifa, the violent, far-left movement whose members have unleashed violence in cities across America.

Left-wing activist Sarah Iannarone will face incumbent Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler in a runoff election on Nov. 3 after neither candidate received a majority of votes in the first round of voting.

Wheeler beat Iannarone in the first round of voting, but has faced criticism from both sides of the political spectrum over his handling of the city’s nightly unrest, which has included nearly 30 riots since late May. A supporter of President Donald Trump was shot and killed Saturday night during a pro-Trump demonstration in Portland.

Trump has criticized Wheeler for not embracing federal assistance to quell the city’s riots, while left-wing activists have accused Wheeler of being too tough on demonstrators. Local progressive activists have called for Wheeler’s resignation, but the mayor has said he has no plans to step down.

Iannarone, whose platform includes a “Housing for All” plank and a pledge to slash the city’s police funding, identified herself as a member of the Antifa movement in a January 2019 tweet.

“To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa,” she wrote.

“I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more. They are coming after our democracy,” she added.

Iannarone’s campaign manager, Gregory McKelvey, led protesters in shutting down a Portland highway following Trump’s 2016 victory, the Willamette Week reported.

Iannarone has consistently expressed support for the nightly unrest currently taking place in Portland.

“My daughter was in the streets last night driven by anti-racist conviction. She is not an agitator nor an opportunist and she should not fear for her safety at the hands of Portland police,” Iannarone wrote in a May 31 tweet.

“Protests will continue in our city and across the country until our leaders address the problems racism, police brutality, and white supremacy undergirding our society,” she added in a statement accompanying the tweet.

“We need to understand these protests are part of a healthy democracy. Peaceful protests, in my opinion, might not necessarily be moving the conversation forward,” she told KGW8 in an Aug. 7 interview. Her campaign later issued a follow-up statement saying she does “not condone” criminal activity.

Neither campaign returned the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment for this story.

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Peter Hasson is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Sarah Iannarone” by Sarah Iannarone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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6 Thoughts to “‘I am Antifa’: This Antifa Supporter Could Be Portland’s Next Mayor”

  1. You’re So Nashville If...

    ….the next mayor will be an AntiFa thug.

  2. MAGA

    She’ll HAVE to claim AntiFa or they’ll burn her house down.

  3. John

    Trump (or whomever is in charge of doing so) needs to declare Antifa as a terrorist group and deal with them appropriately. And if the people of Portland are dumb enough to elect someone like this, then build another wall around the city, cut off all federal funding, and let those people get what they deserve.

  4. Alex Otto

    Wait, If she’s Antifa, shouldn’t she be arrested right now. Bill Barr, you have a proclaimed criminal here!

  5. mikey whipwreck

    portland is such a freakshow.

  6. Chitown Cap

    From the pot to the fire, Portland will reap the whirlwind, Satan has planted his roots there, your city is done people and that’s a-shame because It’s such a neat place or was a neat place. Best of luck

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