Oakland is a tell

Trump says hell yes he’s going to keep sending the feds in to trample on protesters’ rights.

Speaking in the Oval Office, the president brushed aside claims the officers are depriving people of their constitutional rights, and concerns such deployments could herald an attempt by Trump to rule without Congress.

Because he recognizes no legitimate limit on his power to do what he wants, because that’s who he is. It always has been.

In Portland, local media has stressed that the protests are not paralysing the city and are confined to a small area, and that much of life continues as normally as possible under the coronavirus pandemic.

Never you mind; it’s a pretext for Trump to bash heads and by god he’s going to bash heads.

On Monday, it was reported that agents were set to be sent to cities including Chicago. In the Oval Office, the president complained about cities including Chicago and his native New York.

“The police are afraid to do anything,” he said, though Portland police have reported some federal agents acting “under their own supervision and direction”, many while dressed in camouflage fatigues that make them look like regular troops.

Trump continued: “We’re not going to let New York and Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and all of these, Oakland in California is a mess, we’re not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats.”

Oakland. Huh. Not San Francisco, but Oakland. Why’s that?

Because like all the others he listed, it has a large black population. They’re all Great Migration destination cities, and Trump of course wants to kick the shit out of them for that reason.

“Nobody will have done what I’m doing in the next four weeks,” Trump told Fox News Sunday.

I think our verb tenses need a little work.

Describing actions against protesters which observers and officials have described as blatantly unconstitutional, Trump said: “No problem. They grab them, a lot of people in jail.

“These are leaders. These people are anarchists, they’re not protesters … These are people that hate our country and we’re not going to let it go forward.”

Yeah see that’s not how that works. He doesn’t get to just announce that they’re all “anarchists” (does anyone think he has the faintest idea what the word means?) and he’s going to send the feds to throw them all in jail.

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