'Antifa Member' Tipped as Portland's Next Mayor
Radical-left activist Sarah Iannarone, who declared 'I am Antifa,' could take over city
A notorious radical-left activist, and self-proclaimed Antifa member, is tipped to be in the running to take over as the next mayor of Portland, Oregon.
Voters in Portland will decide in November whether to elect Sarah Iannarone as an Antifa mayor, even after President Donald Trump vowed to declare the violent far-left group a domestic terrorism organization.
Iannarone, a longtime Portland community organizer, has made no secret of her political sympathies.
Last year, she proudly declared “I am Antifa” and wholly embraced the “Antifa mayor” label.
In a December issue of Playboy, Iannarone and her campaign manager, Gregory McKelvey, even featured in an article with the headline “Antifa in Focus.”
In a tweet last year she described Antifa as "good people" who "oppose hate" while declaring her allegiance to the leftist mob.
“I am Antifa,” Iannarone tweeted in September.
“I stand proudly beside the good people of this city organizing in countless ways every day to oppose hate in its myriad forms.”
Iannarone will face incumbent Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler in a runoff election on Nov. 3 after neither candidate received a majority of votes in the first round of voting, according to The Daily Caller.
Wheeler beat Iannarone in the first round of voting but has faced criticism from both sides of the political spectrum over his handling of the city’s nightly unrest, which has included nearly 30 riots since late May.
A supporter of President Donald Trump was shot and killed Saturday night during a pro-Trump demonstration in Portland.
Trump has criticized Wheeler for not embracing federal assistance to quell the city’s riots, while left-wing activists have accused Wheeler of being too tough on demonstrators.
Local progressive activists have called for Wheeler’s resignation, but the mayor has said he has no plans to step down.
Iannarone, whose platform includes a “Housing for All” plank and a pledge to slash the city’s police funding, identified herself as a member of the Antifa movement in a January 2019 tweet.
“To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa,” she wrote.
“I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more,” she added.
"They are coming after our democracy."
To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa.— sarah iannarone (she/her) (@sarahforpdx) January 27, 2019
I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more.
They are coming after our democracy. #HolocaustMemorialDay #NeverForget
“My daughter was in the streets last night driven by anti-racist conviction,” Iannarone wrote in a May 31 tweet.
"She is not an agitator nor an opportunist and she should not fear for her safety at the hands of Portland police."
“Protests will continue in our city and across the country until our leaders address the problems racism, police brutality, and white supremacy undergirding our society,” she added in a statement accompanying the tweet.
“We need to understand these protests are part of a healthy democracy,” she told KGW8 in an Aug. 7 interview.
"Peaceful protests, in my opinion, might not necessarily be moving the conversation forward."
Her campaign later issued a follow-up statement saying she does “not condone” criminal activity.