‘Call It the Surge’: Vowing Nationwide Crackdown, Trump Touts Tougher and More Militarized US Police

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President Donald Trump on Monday said the Justice Department is preparing to launch a sweeping crackdown on crime that he named “the surge,” a term commonly associated with the George W. Bush administration’s decision to send tens of thousands of additional troops into Iraq in 2007.

“In coming weeks, Attorney General Barr will announce a new crackdown on violent crime—which I think is so important—targeting gangs and drug traffickers in high crime cities and dangerous rural areas,” Trump said during the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. “Let’s call it the surge.”

The president did not provide any details on the plan but said it is going to be “very dramatic.”

“And you’re going to see tremendous results very quickly,” Trump added.

As if to emphasize his view of America’s cities as war zones, Trump went on to tout his administration’s success in putting military equipment into the hands of U.S. police officers and claimed “Afghanistan is a safe place” compared to Chicago.

“To help keep you safe, I’ve made $600 million-worth of surplus military equipment available to local law enforcement,” Trump told the audience of police chiefs. “If you remember, the previous administration didn’t want to do that… They didn’t want to make you look so tough. They didn’t want to make you look like you’re a threat.”

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Trump’s visit to Chicago, the first of his presidency, was met with massive protests led by Indivisible Chicago and other progressive advocacy groups. Striking Chicago public school teachers also cleared their Monday afternoon schedule to take part in demonstrations against the president.

“We have heard that President Donald Trump might be in town,” leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union wrote in an email to members late Sunday. “If any members were inclined to show up outside his fundraiser in red, that would qualify as productive, in our view.”

Thousands of protesters gathered and marched outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in downtown Chicago, where the president attended a big-money campaign fundraiser after the law enforcement conference:

 

“We’re angry,” Marj Halperin of Indivisible Chicago told The Guardian. “He is taking pleasure in the misery of our city. He doesn’t know us. He’s coming to our city to raise money, largely from people who don’t live in this city, without ever having addressed, supported, listened to the people who really need help.”

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

Man if I were a criminal I would be shaking in my flip flops, he is as intimidating as a butterfly, he couldn’t scare a baby

Mick owens
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Mick owens

Hes an opportunistic perdator, only attacks people weaker than him. Usually old people n children

Mik
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How’d that work out for Duerte, fool?
You know, the little Phillipino Hitler / Mafioso who can barely stand up now?

Everything Trumpster does makes America weaker, and Russia stronger, as Putin’s subservient fraud. Trumpster’s fear of being ordered to pay back his loans to the Russian Mob drives everything he does.

He is a coward throug and through. And he will be out of office one way or another by the Fall of next year. Finished.

DHG
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I will crackdown on their crackdown, I too have weapons.

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

Just what we need Local police with military weapons as if we don’t have enough problems and who is paying for training, liability and the disproportionate impact on inner cities-it’s another form of racism. Nothing trump does is for Americans-the fucking Coward wants to be a tough guy and to Hell with the citizens-like his god damn military parade he wanted-he is a sick twisted bastard

Independent
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Independent

How convenient that the trump hotel was available for the event.
Just a few more dollars in his pocket.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

The surge. He’s working that crowd. He knows he may be under criminal investigation soon and is trying to buy some legal helicopters from the cops. Nice try. Won’t work, but nice try!