So much Tom “Lando” Cotton secession in a three block area of Portland, even smaller than Seattle’s CHAZ/CHOP neighborhood.
Defenders of the Portland operation point to the unrest — vandalism and fires targeting the federal courthouse — as evidence of the need for federal intervention. The government has the authority to protect federal property; and the city, they argue, is enabling anarchists to run wild. “By any objective standard, the violence, chaos and anarchy in Portland is unacceptable, yet Democrats continue to put politics above peace while this president seeks to restore law and order,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called the protesters “insurrectionists” and compared them to Confederate secessionists.
Writing for The Washington Post, Garrett Graff explained his view that Diligent Valor and Operation Legend (a separate initiative under which the Trump administration is sending federal law enforcement to Chicago and Albuquerque) aren’t justifiable, but that they’re probably legal.
But even if they’re legal, these operations stretch the spirit of the law to the point of unrecognizability. They also run afoul of supposed core principles that Republican administrations, including Trump’s, pay lip service to. That’s led to accusations that Trump is using unidentified Department of Homeland Security officers as his personal secret police force, invoking dark imagery of totalitarian governments. “Welcome to the world of performative authoritarianism,” writes the Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum, where the point of violating citizens’ rights and working at cross purposes from state and local leaders “is not to bring peace to Portland. The purpose is to transmit a message” that Trump, the figure at the top, is in charge.
Any rank amateur could have predicted that unprepared troops with guns would increase tension and prolong the crisis. But although the administration’s behavior makes no sense as law enforcement, it makes perfect sense as a new kind of campaign tactic… https://t.co/pKXg2IYhZt
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 25, 2020
Thousand of Protestors marching to Anti-Trump chants have shutdown traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge in Solidarity with Portland protesters! #BlackLivesMatter #nycprotests #PortlandProtest #politics pic.twitter.com/fx4yAaWsza
— Lanier ”Issa Khari” Lewis (@IssaKhari) July 25, 2020
— Protect Democracy (@protctdemocracy) July 25, 2020
“Quit raising money off Ronald Reagan’s legacy”
NEW: The Reagan Foundation — which runs the Reagan Library — has issued a warning to the Trump campaign and the RNC: Quit raising money off Ronald Reagan’s legacy. https://t.co/jb5MGosO7r
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) July 25, 2020
Regis said to Trump every time he was on his show, “Trumpster, You need to run for President!”
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BREAKING: Regis Philbin, longtime television host who held the Guinness World Record for most hours on camera on US television, has died at age 88, his family says. https://t.co/nrreDvR1gs
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 25, 2020
Review: Why has Trump skated for his many crimes?
Tinker, Tailor, Mobster, Trump – PREVAIL by Greg Olear https://t.co/9eEdPpM8i4
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) July 25, 2020
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— Secret Agent Number Six (@DesignationSix) July 24, 2020
Andrew Sullivan’s writing and ideas have had a strange journey.
— Young Humanist (@YoungHumanism) July 25, 2020
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Trump promised to build a wall, but instead, we built a #WallAgainstTrump
We need 10,000 retweets on this in one hour. pic.twitter.com/LU55Y85w66
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) July 25, 2020
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