President Trump, Mayor Ted Wheeler Trade Words Following Shooting in Portland

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown is putting out a plan to try and bring calm to the city of Portland.

It follows months of protests against police brutality and a deadly shooting over the weekend as pro-Trump supporters rode into the city and clashed with demonstrators.

Portland’s mayor Ted Wheeler took aim at President Trump Sunday, August 30 following a shooting death in Portland Saturday night after a caravan of Trump supporters rolled through the city, clashing with anti-police brutality protesters.

“You’ve tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history” Wheeler said of Trump. “And now you want me to stop the violence you helped create.”

Trump responded by lashing out at the mayor on Twitter, calling Wheeler a fool, among other things.

Saturday night’s shooting was caught on video.

A witness said the victim “sprayed mace and launched it right into the other guy.”

Currents News has not confirmed if the victim is the person who sprayed the mace.

According to New York Times reporter Mike Baker, the man killed was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right wing group that has clashed with protesters before.

Trump tweeted “rest in peace” about the shooting victim, while again criticizing Mayor Wheeler.

Wheeler said Trump inspired the conflict in the city.

“Hundreds of cars filled with supporters of the president rallying in Clackamas County and then driving through downtown Portland,” he explained, “they were supported and energized by the president himself.”

Saturday’s shooting came  just days after a Trump supporter from Illinois traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin and allegedly killed two people during protests there.