Donald Trump’s attack on protestors against police brutality continued on Wednesday when he issued a directive for his administration to “defund” cities where people protested police brutality.
“Trump on Wednesday signed a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget that detail funds that can be redirected,” reported Steven Nelson of The New York Post. “New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland are initial targets as Trump makes ‘law and order’ a centerpiece of his reelection campaign after months of unrest and violence following the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.” Trump’s order mentions New York Mayor Bill de Blasio by name multiple times.
“Federal agencies must detail ‘all Federal funds provided to Seattle, Portland, New York City, Washington, D.C.,’” said the report. “Also, within 14 days Attorney General Bill Barr must develop a list of ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ that ‘permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures’ to restore order. The memo does not require Barr to include the four cities, possibly for legal reasons.”
"My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones," says Trump memo obtained by @josh_wingrove.
It calls for a review of federal money to cities "that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction." pic.twitter.com/R4xR8i6Xxi
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) September 2, 2020