President Donald Trump said he will announce action next week that he is taking against cities run by “liberal left-wing Democrats” who are out of control with protesters and demonstrations.
He did not give any details when he made the announcement in the Oval Office on Wednesday, but promised a “ very exciting press conference, as we will be talking about some of the cities where the democrats they lead have just lost control of the cities. ‘
He named major cities run by democratic mayors – a majority of the country’s mayors are Democrats – noting that he would look to Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, and Chicago.
“We have other cities that are getting out of hand. It’s like war zones, “said Trump. “If the city doesn’t put it right, as local politicians or, in this case – I’m not saying this for political reasons, they’re all Democrats. They are liberal left-wing Democrats and it is almost as if they think this will be the case forever, “he said.
President Donald Trump said he will have an announcement next week about the action he is taking against cities run by ‘liberal left-wing Democrats’
Protesters march silently on 23rd Avenue South in Seattle, Washington on June 12
Officials from the Department of Justice and the FBI will be involved. Attorney General William Barr, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence were part of his Wednesday event at the Oval Office.
President Trump noted that people have died in these cities.
“We are not going to tolerate that. We’re not going to tolerate that, ”he said.
At least six people have been shot in Seattle as part of protests against police brutality. Protesters have set up a protest area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Zone, or CHOP.
In Minneapolis, which was the ground for protests after George Floyd’s death there, the National Guard was deployed in late May to lock in protesters. The guard cleaned the streets.
Trump and his government were criticized for using members of the military to evacuate Lafayette Park in June so President Trump could walk across the street to St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo capture of the Bible.
The harsh conversation is part of Trump’s new mission to be a law and order president, with a strong image to deal with protests that have sprung up across the country after Floyd’s death.
The President launched a “culture war” in which protesters are destroyed for breaking down statues linked to the Confederacy and saying that he would not change the names of military bases named after the Southern soldiers.
Americans give Trump low approval ratings in his treatment of racial relations.
A Pew poll last week found that 67 percent disapprove of “the way Donald Trump handles race relations” amid protests against police brutality and racial injustice following the murder of George Floyd. Only 32 percent of respondents say they approve of Trump’s handling of race relations.
But his threat could be his way of taking action at the local level.
A White House official told it The Wall Street Journal that the President’s previous threats to send the National Guard to those cities have led governors to activate the Guard at the state level. The official also said the government plans to send federal law enforcement officers to Seattle, where protesters established a so-called police-free zone, but noted that local leaders agreed to send state troops instead.
A demonstrator raises his fists as he walks past a burning car outside the White House on May 30 during a protest against the death of George Floyd
Thousands of protesters begin their march across the Fremont Bridge during a protest against police brutality
A Juneteenth party and protest in Chicago
An analysis by The New York Times found that total crime fell by 5.3 percent in 25 major U.S. cities compared to the same period in 2019, and violent crime by 2 percent.
But murder in these cities is up 16.1 percent from last year.
On Monday, President Trump threatened to go in and “ take over ” big cities to lower rates of violent crime.
“The number will drop, even if we have to go in and take over cities,” he said at an event at the White House. “We’re not supposed to wait for them to call, but they don’t call.”