President Donald Trump railed against “violent mobs” trampling all over “our freedoms” in a speech that was intended to honor veterans of the Second World War and declare Wilmington, North Carolina, as the first World War II Heritage City in America.
Speaking to veterans aboard the USS Battleship North Carolina on Tuesday, Trump claimed that Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) was “thrown out of his home” last night after it was “raided” by a violent mob of protesters.
“As you know, in Portland, the mayor last night he was raided - his home was raided,” Trump said after denouncing protesters.
“He was thrown out of his home and then he’ll stand up and fight for these people. These people only know one thing and that’s strength. That’s all they know. Strength And we have strength,” he added.
A fact-check by The Hill notes that Wheeler announced that he “is looking to move from his condo in the Pearl District after it has been a site for repeated demonstrations and recent damages by rioters.”
“Over 200 people on Monday marched to the mayor’s condominium tower — which houses 114 residents — demanding his resignation and causing damages and vandalism inside and around the complex, The Oregonian reported. In an email sent to neighbors on Tuesday, Wheeler apologized for the unrest and said it would be ‘best for me and for everyone else’s safety and peace’ that he finds a new home.”
“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.”
At no point was Wheeler “thrown out of his home” as the president claimed.