Donald Trump announced on Monday that he’s prepared to send federal agents into several Democrat-run cities to end the violence that has dragged on week after week, despite resistance from Democrat leaders.
“I’m going to do something, that I can tell you because we are not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore and all of these – Oakland is a mess,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We’re not going to let this happen in our country.”
According to the Chicago Tribune on Monday, the Trump administration is already preparing to send 150 agents to the Windy City in response to the escalating violence that Mayor Lori Lightfoot refuses to address.
“We have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you,” he continued. “In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job. They’ve been there three days, and they have really done a fantastic job in a really short period of time. No problem.”
Portland, Oregon, is one of the hotspots for Antifa violence, and Trump recently authorized Department of Homeland Security agents to deploy in the city to protect federal facilities that had become targets for violent demonstrators, sparking extreme backlash from Democrats nationwide.
Trump continued, “These are anarchists, these are not protesters. People say protesters, these people are anarchists. These are people that hate our country and we are not going to let it go forward.”
Despite the fact that rioters have wreaked havoc on Portland for weeks, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler — whose own home was targeted by protesters in June — refuses to cooperate with federal law enforcement.
“My biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use,” Wheeler tweeted last week. “We do not need or want their help.”
Likewise, in Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot has repeatedly rebuffed Trump’s attempts to offer solutions to the violence that continues to escalate weekly. Lightfoot is so resistant to the idea of allowing federal law enforcement to enter the city that she threw her own city’s law enforcement leaders under the bus on Monday, calling the leader of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police “unhinged” for petitioning for federal help in the city.