(Natural News) There has never been an administration that has taken such an aggressive stand against Democrat-run cities that are lawless cauldrons and incubators of violence like the Trump administration, as his Justice Department proved once again this week.
In a move that infuriated leftist mayors, Attorney General William Barr and the DoJ singled out three cities — New York City, Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash. — as “anarchist jurisdictions,” warning that the leaders of those cities are putting their citizens’ lives in danger on a daily basis.
He also threatened, no doubt at President Donald Trump’s direction, the cities with a loss of federal tax dollars because the administration does not want to spend money in cities where leaders refuse to provide citizens with the protection they deserve.
“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Barr said in the release. “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance.
“It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens,” Barr continued, according to a report that was leaked to the New York Post.
In a five-page memo sent to various federal agencies Sept. 2, President Trump instructed Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought to issue guidance within a month “to the heads of agencies on restricting the eligibility of or otherwise disfavoring, to the maximum extent permitted by law, anarchist jurisdictions in the receipt of federal grants.”
The same day, Trump tweeted his “Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses.”
My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses. We’re putting them on notice today. @RussVought45
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020
Vought told the Post earlier in September “American taxpayers who fund the great programs that our cities rely on deserve to be protected by their local city officials.” He noted further that the administration was “exploring all options to ensure federal resources flowing to lawless cities aren’t being squandered.”
“The lack of law and order surrounding these riots, and response from local leadership, is a dereliction of duty. Our men and women in blue cannot be handcuffed by local leadership in their efforts to respond to riots and protect their fellow citizens,” he said.
The Marxists and enablers of BLM violence were furious.
“The President is playing cheap political games with Congressionally directed funds,” Mayors Bill de Blasio of New York, Ted Wheeler of Portland, and Jenny Durkan of Seattle wrote in a joint statement. “Our cities are bringing communities together; our cities are pushing forward after fighting back a pandemic and facing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, all despite recklessness and partisanship from the White House.” (Related: Seditious AOC tells Americans to take to the streets, “radicalize and fight” as Trump, GOP Senate consider Ginsburg’s successor.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed that the administration lacks the legal and constitutional authority to make good on its threat (as though no one in the White House researched this ahead of time).
“Is it going to happen? No, because it’s illegal and it’s unconstitutional,” he complained (while never once pushing back against Barack Obama’s highly unconstitutional Obamacare mandate and his DACA program). “If they actually do this, we will challenge it legally, and he will lose again.”
NYC law department chief Jim Johnson claimed as well: “The president does not have the authority to change the will of Congress.”
Right. Tell that to Obama.
Meantime, the president is telling voters in as strong terms as possible ahead of the Nov. 3 election that he is the ‘law and order’ president, not Joe Biden’s Marxist Party.