Fox’s Andrew Napolitano on Portland: ‘They Need to Throw the Mayor Out’
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano slammed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Thursday as he defended the widely criticized actions of federal agents in the city. Napolitano told Fox & Friends that people had the right to replace the mayor.
Napolitano began by defending the actions of federal law enforcement in Oregon ostensibly protecting federal property.
“They have every right to do so and they would be derelict if they didn’t do so,” he said.
“Portland is a unique situation and it’s very sad. In fact, it’s condemnable, because you have a mayor and city officials who have handcuffed the police. So, innocent life and valuable property has been harmed as a result of that. I don’t know what those people can do. They need to throw the mayor out.”
“As Jefferson said, when the government systematically and repeatedly assaults your rights or refuses to protect them, it’s time for the people to alter or abolish the government,” he went on.
“That is not the case or doesn’t appear to be the case in Chicago or in other states where the President has actually spoken with mayors before deciding to send people in. If they — if the federal assets are in Portland, just to defend federal property, they have every right to do so.”
“But, if they’re there to intimidate or affect the protesters, they don’t have a right to do it. In fact, they have to protect the protesters, not not push them back.”
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