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Biden Revokes Trump’s Absurd Order Targeting Democratic Cities



President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a slew of Trump’s executive actions, including a vitriolic presidential memo designating three Democratic cities as “anarchist jurisdictions” unworthy of federal funding.

In the controversial memo signed last September, Trump directed federal officials to slap the “anarchist” label on New York, Seattle, and Portland after racial justice protests erupted in those cities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25; his death sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the nation.

The former president said in his memo that federal funding to New York, Seattle and Portland — all of which are run by Democratic mayors — should be slashed to the maximum extent because his “administration will not allow federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones.”

The three cities sued the Trump administration in October over the memo, calling it “offensive to both the Constitution and common sense.” The cities noted that they could lose up to $12 billion in federal funds, including critical COVID-19 funding, because of Trump’s action — a loss they said could have deadly consequences during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, Biden revoked the controversial memo, along with a number of other questionable presidential actions signed during Trump’s tenure.