Fact Check: Portland Mayor Did NOT Say He Is Moving Out Of The City Due To Rioters

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Portland Mayor Did NOT Say He Is Moving Out Of The City Due To Rioters Still In Town

Did Portland's mayor say he was moving out of the city because rioters have made it unsafe to live there? No, that's not true: Mayor Ted Wheeler said he would seek a new home in the city to relieve his neighbors of the burden of protesters who sometimes converge on his condo building. He did not say he would move out of the city, according to local reporting.

The claim appeared in a post published on September 2, 2020 on Facebook (archived here) with following text:

Portland mayor says he is moving out of the city due to rioters making it unsafe to live there

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Sep 6 15:37:13 2020 UTC)

Mayor Wheeler's real words were reported in an article on OregonLive.com titled Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he'll move after protest outside his condo building draws arrests, widespread calls for change:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he's looking for a new place to live after his Pearl District condo building has been the site of repeated demonstrations, including on Monday when crowds demanded he resign and some people set fires and broke windows.

In an email Tuesday from Wheeler to other residents of the 16-floor high-rise tower, the mayor said it would be "best for me and for everyone else's safety and peace" that he finds a new home. He assured people that police are taking their safety concerns seriously and invited them to a Thursday evening meeting that will include himself and officers to voice their concerns.

If Wheeler moved outside the city limits of Portland, it would make him ineligible to continue as mayor.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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