Democratic mayors and other political officials in major cities are accusing President Trump of being a “fascist” for sending federal agents to help mitigate the escalating violence.
After violence and crime rates rose in some U.S. districts, the Trump administration implemented “Operation Legend,” in honor of Legend Taliferro, a 4-year-old boy who was shot in the head while sleeping in his home.
Operation Legend will allow for federal agents’ deployment from the FBI to the U.S. Mayor’s Service. The plan began in Kansas City, with over 100 officers deployed.
Last Wednesday, President Trump announced in a press conference that the operation would extend to Chicago, Illinois, Albuquerque, and New Mexico. Over the next three weeks, the Justice Department intends to expand the service into Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee.
According to various statements, Democratic mayors are vehemently opposed to receiving aid, even calling the move “fascist.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said: “My dad volunteered and served in World War II to fight fascism, like most of my uncles, so we would not have an American president brutalizing and kidnapping Americans for exercising their constitutional rights and trying to make America a better place, which is what patriots do. Anyone, including federal law enforcement, who unlawfully assaults and kidnaps people will face criminal charges from my office. At trial, they will face a Philadelphia jury.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told Fox News on Wednesday that the city will not allow federal police in and would even sue them in court if they were seen.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who heads one of the most violent cities in the United States, opposes federal officials’ intervention. However, after Trump’s announcement of Operation Legend on Wednesday, Lightfoot offered a more diplomatic comment: “I’ve been very clear that we welcome actual partnership, … but we do not welcome dictatorship. We do not welcome authoritarianism, and we do not welcome unconstitutional arrest and detainment of our residents. That is something I will not tolerate.”
President Trump explained on Wednesday that the violence came after the terrible event that led to the death of George Floyd, in which there was an extreme reaction that demonized the police and called for the disbursement of police departments. From that moment on, waves of crime and violence began in many cities due to the weakening of police forces.
In his speech at the White House on Wednesday, President Trump said, “While others want to defund, defame, and abolish the police, I want to support and honor our great police.
“While the radicals want to abolish charter schools and eliminate school choice, I want to expand school choice, and every family in America should have that option.
“While others want to destroy opportunity, shut down businesses, and send our jobs overseas, we are hiring Americans, and we are buying American product.
We want to build factories in Baltimore, not Beijing.
He concluded by firmly stating: “But opportunity cannot thrive where there is violence. Prosperity cannot flourish where there is bloodshed. And security cannot exist where there are violent criminals who are able to maim and murder with impunity. That is what Operation LeGend is all about. That is why we are here today to answer the pleas of those crying for justice and crying for help. For those people in Chicago and other cities where we’ll be: Help is on its way.”