Federal law enforcement officers, deployed under the Trump administration’s new executive order to protect federal monuments and buildings, face off with protesters against racial inequality and police violence in Portland, Oregon, U.S., July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

President Donald Trump plans to deploy federal law enforcement to Chicago and announced Monday he would send agents to other major cities controlled by Democrats. President Trump sent law enforcement personnel to Portland, OR two weeks ago in an attempt to quell civil unrest surrounding protests. The move has sparked condemnation from some Democrats and activists. Videos have circulated on the internet depicting agents wearing military gear without identification taking people in unmarked vehicles. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said sending militarized federal agents to her city would “spell disaster” and urged President Trump to instead support new laws to help get illegal guns off the street. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker decried President’s Trump plan, aligning with Mayor Lightfoot. Several other mayors have publicly denounced President Trump’s threat, demanding that federal deployments be halted. New York City’s mayor said he would take President Trump to court if he went forward with sending federal agents. 

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) “defended the deployment of undercover federal agents in Portland by comparing protestors in the city to the Confederacy.” Trey Gowdy, former House Oversight Committee Chairman, also expressed his support for Trump’s announcement, stating federal agents would be “hailed as liberators” if a Democratic administration deployed them. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Trump threatens to deploy federal agents to Chicago and other U.S. cities led by Democrats – The Washington Post – 7/20/2020
Homeland Security officials said Monday they are making preparations to deploy federal agents to Chicago, while President Trump threatened to send U.S. law enforcement personnel to other Democratic-led cities experiencing spates of crime.

Fox’s Napolitano rips ‘unconstitutional’ Trump crackdown on Portland: ‘Just plain wrong’ – The Hill – 7/20/2020
Andrew Napolitano slammed the Trump administration for sending federal law enforcement to Portland in response to violent protests in Oregon’s largest city, with the Fox News senior judicial analyst calling the move “unconstitutional” and “just plain wrong.”

Trump’s threat to send federal forces to Oakland draws California pushback – San Francisco Chronicle – 7/21/2020
President Trump threatened Monday to send federal law enforcement forces to Oakland, similar to his deployment of Homeland Security agents in camouflage uniforms in Portland — a move that’s been loudly criticized by officials in Oregon and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Constitutional crisis looms over federal agents in Portland – The Boston Globe – 7/21/2020
State and local authorities, who didn’t ask for federal help, are awaiting a ruling in a lawsuit filed late last week. State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in court papers that masked federal officers have arrested people on the street, far from the courthouse, with no probable cause and whisked them away in unmarked cars.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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