Last week anonymous troops wearing no identification were grabbing people off the streets of Portland, Ore., forcing them into unmarked vans, and taking them to unspecified locations. No warrants, no Miranda warnings. Just grab and go.
It wasn’t a movie. It happened. In the United States of America. At the order of Herr Trump.
No one in Oregon requested federal assistance. In fact, the mayor of Portland and the governor of Oregon specifically asked the federal officers to stay off the streets.
“The federal government cannot put troops or military personnel or police on the streets without the invitation of the governor or the legislature of the state,” said Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano. “That’s not only federal law, that’s in the Constitution.”
And it doesn’t end with Portland. The New York Times reported today:
With camouflage-clad agents already sweeping through the streets of Portland, more units were poised to head to Chicago, and Mr. Trump suggested that he would follow suit in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and other urban centers.
“I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “Because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these — Oakland is a mess. We’re not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats.”
Portland today. Your city tomorrow?
It’s an outrageous abuse of power.
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