Portland, Oregon’s Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler scoffed at a resident who confronted him with the exploding homeless crisis during a city council meeting last week.
Gillian Rose shared her frustration during a virtual city council meeting on Wednesday, saying Portland has become a national “laughing stock” by trying to push a “woke” agenda that’s “destroying” the city.
“You have to stop enabling this,” said an emotional Rose. “I’m angry and I’m sad and I’m fed up, and I’m so sick of having politicians pander to a woke agenda that’s been nothing short of an epic failure.”
Rose explained how she moved to Portland four years ago because she initially agreed with the city’ progressive agenda.
“I moved here in hopes of becoming part of a progressive city where it seemed like its leaders cared about social issues — what’s transpired here is not progressivism,” she said.
“A lot of people who live on the streets fill them with trash and their own feces while openly using drugs — it’s not progressive, it’s insane and unacceptable.”
“Portland has become the laughing stock of the country, it really has,” she told the city’s leaders.
“Please stop wasting our money and destroying our beautiful city and please start being leaders,” the resident concluded.
Mayor Wheeler responded with a chuckle, saying, “Thank you, you’ve made your point emphatically clear. Thank you for being here and sharing your perspective, we do appreciate it.”
Rose later told KOIN 6 that Wheeler’s response only reinforced her point that Portland’s leaders were out of touch.
“It was really insulting actually and painful to hear,” she said.
Violent crime in Portland has skyrocketed over the last two years, according to police crime statistics.
“They blame it on unaffordable housing,” Rose said. “That’s part of it, but it’s also enabling, and they don’t want to give up that narrative.”
This comes after former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki admitted last week that crime is a “huge vulnerability” for Democrats heading into the midterm elections.