After Trump Claims 'Portland Sheriff' Endorsement During Debate, Reese Says 'I Will Never Support Him'

Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese has denied that he supports Donald Trump's 2020 campaign after the president said a "Portland sheriff" endorsed him during the presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday night.

Trump said that he had support from one specific Portland sheriff during a discussion about policing and race amid Tuesday's debate. "I have Portland... the sheriff just came out today and said, 'I support President Trump,'" he said.

While Portland has no sheriff, Reese quickly responded to the president's remarks.

"In tonight's presidential debate the President said the 'Portland Sheriff' supports him," he tweeted. "As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him."

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.

— Mike Reese (@SheriffReese) September 30, 2020

After his endorsement claim, Trump pressed his Democratic opponent Joe Biden on why he allegedly won't discuss law enforcement amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. "Why don't you say the words 'law enforcement,'" the president asked. "Because if they called us in Portland, we would put out that fire in a half an hour but they won't do it because they're run by radical left Democrats."

When asked by Fox News debate moderator Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacy and the Proud Boys, Trump said "Proud Boys—stand back, stand by."

"But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem," the president added. "This is a left-wing problem."

The Proud Boys, a far-right group launched by Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media, in 2016, have hosted several rallies in Portland, Oregon in recent months to condemn the Black Lives Matter protests and the unrest following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

The FBI listed the Proud Boys as an "extremist group with ties to white nationalism" in 2018. The Southern Poverty Law Center have also called the Proud Boys a hate group "known for anti-Muslim misogynistic rhetoric."

Shortly after the debate, the Proud Boys took to their social media networks to celebrate Trump's remarks with memes that included the "Stand Back, Stand By" quote alongside their logo.

Biden accused Trump of "trying to rile things up" during the debate. "He doesn't want to calm things down," the Democratic presidential nominee said. "Instead of going in and talking to people and saying, 'Let's get everybody together, figure out how to deal with this,' What's he do?"

"He just pours gasoline on the fire, constantly, every single, solitary time."

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. Win McNamee/Getty