Trump escalates politically targeted crack down on protests

The political/law and order situation in the US just gets worse and worse.

Reuters: Trump plans to send federal law enforcement personnel to Democratic-led U.S. cities

President Donald Trump on Monday said he plans to send law enforcement personnel to some major U.S. cities, as a federal crackdown on anti-racism protests including use of unmarked cars and unidentified officers in camouflage in Portland, Oregon, angers people across the country.

“We’re sending law enforcement,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We can’t let this happen to the cities.”

Trump, a Republican, mentioned New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland, California, as possible places for sending in federal forces, noting the cities’ mayors are “liberal Democrats.” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot frequently blasts Trump on Twitter.

State and local leaders in Oregon, as well as members of Congress, meanwhile, have called for Trump to remove Department of Homeland Security officers from Portland.

“They’ve been there three days and they really have done a fantastic job in a very short period of time, no problem,” Trump said of law enforcement sent to the historically liberal city to quell often unruly protests. “They grab a lot of people and jail the leaders. These are anarchists.”

Federal officers last week began cracking down on Portland protests against police brutality and systemic racism, using tear gas and taking some activists into custody without explanation. Despite a national outcry over the tactics, Department of Homeland Security officials on Monday said they would not back down and would not apologize.

So this looks certain to escalate, which may be what Trump wants. But that is a very risky strategy and perhaps desperate attempt to turn around a slump in support.

Trump has dome outrageous things so often one overstepping is unlikely to be what brings him down. It looks more like political death by a thousand self inflicted cuts.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  21st July 2020

    The lunatics are no longer completely in charge of the asylum?

    Police chiefs call on Trump for help.
    Black woman paints over BLM slogan outside Trump Tower.

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  2. David

     /  21st July 2020

    Portland has had 50 nights of violence and riots, federal building are being destroyed and they belong to the federal government and the locals arent protecting them.
    They are trying to set up a CHOP zone again in Seattle.
    9 children have been shot and killed in Chicago in the last month, black children just in case children being shot doesnt evoke a response from authorities.
    NY city is a mess and the black community are calling for the police to be brought back in including the undercover department.
    The worst 50 cities for violence, poverty and every other social ill are Democrat run and are literally becoming totally unliveable. There is obviously a Democrat memo gone around to let the streets burn and to not accept help from the Federal government to rid the place of Trump.
    If a NZ city had 50 nights of rioting and destruction would we allow it to carry on and leave it as a local issue, of course not. There are protests for the federal government to do something about the terrible murder of Floyd but they want no intervention for a massive spike in black children being shot and killed, why ?

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  3. Patzcuaro

     /  21st July 2020

    Internal polling must be very bad.

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  4. Pink David

     /  21st July 2020

    ” politically targeted

    In what way is it politically targeted? Are there bands of Republicans roving around committing crimes that are not being arrested, or is it perhaps just the Feds using the powers they have to enforce the law where local government is refusing too?

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    • Duker

       /  21st July 2020

      Feds cant enforce the law in the way you suggest.
      The 4th Amendment says police need probable cause to arrest some one , not just suspicion, so is a higher standard.
      1st Amendment says you have the right to protest

      Anyway the Feds in the this instance are under the auspices of the little known Federal Protective Service whos sole role is to protect Federal buildings , not to ‘deal with crimes’ – see again 4th amendment which requires probable cause for an arrest.

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      • Pink David

         /  21st July 2020

        “1st Amendment says you have the right to protest”

        Sure.

        Peaceful protest.

        There is no right to vandalize buildings and tear down any statue you happen to disagree with.

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      • Pink David

         /  21st July 2020

        “see again 4th amendment which requires probable cause for an arrest.”

        Is there there any arrest that does not require probable cause?

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