(RightWing.org) – For nearly four months, three Democratic-led US cities did little to stop rioting, destruction, looting, and people from harming one another. In fact, they encouraged bad behavior by their inactions. Now, these cities are being called out for what they are.
On numerous occasions, President Donald Trump offered federal assistance to protect property and life, but the Democratic mayors and governors resisted. Instead of being a part of the solution, they refused to work with the president out of fear the far-left would chastise them, and so became part of the problem. As a result, the president is putting the pressure on mayors and governors.
President Trump Issues Warning Memo
On September 2, the president decided enough was enough and issued a memo to the US Attorney General. The president ordered him to evaluate the federal funding of cities that refused to protect their citizens. Trump cited three cities in particular.
- Seattle endorsed lawlessness when it empowered unlawful occupiers of a supposed “autonomous zone.” Police were prohibited from entering the area. The consequences speak for itself: businesses were vandalized and looters stole merchandise, people were assaulted and harmed, and some died. It took the murder of two teenagers and others wounded by gunshots before the mayor finally acted.
- Portland allowed violent protests for over 80 days (at the time of the memo.) Approximately 140 federal officers were injured protecting the federal courthouse that local officials refused to defend.
- New York City saw 450 businesses damaged and 896 shootings, including the tragic death of a 1-year-old. While crime surged, arrests plummeted as the city council and Mayor Bill de Blasio cut $1 billion from the New York Police Department.
President Trump declared local governments that permit violence and refuse to take reasonable actions to curtail it are anarchist jurisdictions. As such, the Attorney General was given 14 days to identify the communities responsible.
While not stated in the memorandum, the riots that were allowed to go unfettered from May 26 to June 8 alone are the costliest civil unrest in US history. It’s estimated that insurance claims due to rioting during this short time alone will cost between $1 billion to $2 billion.
AG Issues Release
On Monday, September 21, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent out a statement broadly defining an anarchist jurisdiction. It also explicitly established the criteria for the designation based on specific actions and non-actions in New York City, Portland, and Seattle as required by the Presidential Memorandum.
In a separate statement, US Attorney General William Barr said federal tax dollars couldn’t be wasted on communities who don’t use the money as intended for public safety. He added that he hoped the cities listed would reverse course and start protecting their citizens.
Governors and Citizens Respond
Nearly 7.5% of New York City’s budget is money from the federal government. The city is cash strapped after the draconian COVID-19 shutdowns. The mass exodus of the upper-middle class and wealthy people to the suburbs and other less costly states also impacts the city’s budget.
New York Governor Cuomo threatened to take the administration to court. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a joint statement. They said the president and DOJ were political, partisan, and that their actions were unconstitutional.
Waiting on Guidance for Further Direction
At this time, it’s not known what funding will be cut to the three cities in question. White House Budget Director Russ Vought is expected to provide guidance to federal agencies in less than two weeks.
If the mayors and governors sue, it will be interesting to learn their decision-making processes during the riots and watch them defend their actions in court.
One thing is clear: the designation of the anarchist jurisdiction meets the criteria as established. The question now is, will the Democratic-led cities reverse course or maintain the status quo?
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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