“In recent weeks, there has been a radical movement to defund, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments. Extreme politicians have joined this anti-police crusade and relentlessly vilified our law-enforcement heroes,” the president warned. This movement “has led to a shocking explosion of shootings, killings, murders, and heinous crimes of violence.”
“Today I’m announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime. We’ll work every single day to restore public safety, protect our nation’s children, and bring violent perpetrators to justice,” Trump announced.
While Democrats across the country have condemned the president’s efforts to bring law and order back to crime-ridden cities like Portland, Ore., and The New York Times ran an op-ed denouncing the president’s “occupation of American cities,” Trump insisted, “Frankly, we have no choice but to get involved.”
The president specifically mentioned Chicago, where “at least 414 people have been murdered in the city this year, a roughly 50 percent increase over last year.” He also mentioned the 15 people senselessly shot in a “merciless onslaught” outside a Chicago funeral home.
“The Department of Justice will immediately surge federal law enforcement to the City of Chicago. The FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime,” Trump announced.
While Trump defended law and order, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden condemned the president, claiming Trump sent federal agents to attack “peaceful protesters” in Portland “without a clearly defined mandate or authority.” Biden did not acknowledge the rising crime or the horrific 54 nights of violent riots in Portland specifically. Instead, he suggested that Trump was to blame for the unrest.