The citizens of riot-torn Portland, who have endured months of nightly street fighting, violence and chaos, appear ready to reject their far-left mayor and replace him with a person even more radical.
Mayor Ted Wheeler has checked off all the necessary boxes for his radical constituents, such as marching in the streets with them and mocking President Trump’s call for taking back those same streets from rioters.
Yet mayoral challenger Sarah Iannarone, who first ran for the office in 2016, is reportedly polling ahead of Wheeler despite her open support for rioters, namely Antifa.
According to an Associated Press story about the mayoral race, Iannarone is a “passionate advocate” for public transportation and bike computing --- and also supports slashing $50 million from the police department budget.
The challenger also campaigned recently wearing a skirt emblazoned with images of communist murderers Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong.
Bryan Fischer, a radio host for American Family Radio, lives in the Pacific Northwest where he has witnessed the anti-Christian culture spiral down.
“Portland is one of the most Godless cities in the United States of America,” he says. “And a lot of what you see in the streets of Portland, and now in the mayoral halls and the city council halls, what you see in Portland is the result of a city that has abandoned, forsaken, and rejected God."
A 2016 news story about Iannarone described her as a political newcomer whose background includes misdemeanor arrests and tax liens for failing to pay income taxes. She was generating admirers at the time, the story said, after pushing for a rent freeze and defending organized homeless camps, and urging the city to commit to 100 percent renewable energy.
Regarding the mayoral election itself, Fischer calls it “crazy” that Portland is embracing a challenger who is even farther to the left than Wheeler.
“She is a fan of Antifa,” he says of Iannarone. “She actually has an Antifa bumper sticker on her car and it looks like she might have a chance to win."
The challenger, in fact, stated at a recent debate that "Antifa is not anything more than an idea. It's people who oppose anti-fascism."