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FALSE: ‘Portland sheriff’ Mike Reese supports Trump


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FALSE: ‘Portland sheriff’ Mike Reese supports Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks at a ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2020. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)


In a tweet, Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese denies endorsing Trump

US President Donald Trump boasted of the support of the “Portland sheriff,” among others in law enforcement.

During the first 2020 Presidential Debate, candidates were asked about their ability to deal with race issues. Trump had said, “Almost every law enforcement group in the United States – I have Florida, I have Texas, I have Ohio, I have everyone – excuse me, Portland sheriff just came out today and said, ‘I support President Trump.’”

Trump told Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, “I don’t think you have [support from] any law enforcement. You can’t even say the word law enforcement because if you say those words, you’re going to lose all of your radical left supporters.”

Rating: FALSE
FALSE: ‘Portland sheriff’ Mike Reese supports Trump
The facts:

Portland falls under Multnomah County, whose Sheriff Mike Reese categorically denied ever supporting Trump.

Shortly after Trump’s statement, Reese tweeted, “In tonight’s presidential debate the President said the ‘Portland Sheriff’ supports him. As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him.”

There are also no prior statements, reports, or recordings of Reese endorsing Trump.

Portland has had protests for over 3 months in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.

On September 25, Oregon was placed under a state of emergency as state troopers and sheriff’s deputies stepped in to help police monitor a weekend rally conducted by the far-right extremist group Proud Boys and counter protests by liberal groups.

During the debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would condemn “white supremacists” and ask them to stand down. Trump said he was “willing to do that” but he added, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.” – Jo Comuyog, Loreben Tuquero/Rappler.com

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