(PatrioticPost.com)- Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty caused controversy last week when it was revealed that she called 911 when a Lyft ride was canceled. It’s not only a bizarre move given the obvious fact that a Lyft driver ending your ride is not something the police need to be involved in, but also because Hardesty called for the defunding of the police this year.
Now, Hardesty is speaking out and trying to take control of the narrative, claiming she actually called the cops because she feared…white supremacists.
During a virtual city council meeting that took place on Thursday, Hardesty addressed the story and offered an explanation for why she chose to waste police time.
“I want to end with this; recently you’ve read articles about me and a Lyft driver,” she said. “Another example of being black in America and being put in a position where I have to be the one to look out for my personal safety…didn’t expect the Lyft driver to do it, certainly didn’t expect the police to do it.”
“It was my responsibility to make sure I got home safe, and I did everything I could to get home safe,” she went on. “When you’re living in a city where white supremacists are proudly riding around in their big trucks with their flags and you’re a black person and somebody wants to put you on the side of the road at night…not gonna happen.”
Hardesty appeared to be referencing supporters of President Donald Trump who turned out to Portland after months of consecutive, nightly violence orchestrated by far-left extremists. Trump supporters, who did not turn out in the city very frequently at all, were peaceful in their counter-protests.
But Hardesty didn’t let facts get in the way of a convenient narrative.
The Portland City Commissioner, who has endorsed stripping police departments of vital resources and funding because of “systemic racism,” was kicked out of a Lyft ride when she demanded that the driver roll up the windows. The driver couldn’t do this, however, was Lyft’s instructions for all drivers is to “roll down the windows during trips and/or use the car’s vents to bring in fresh outside air.”
You can read the guidelines on the Lyft website!
When Hardesty insisted that the windows be rolled back up, the Lyft driver ended the ride.