President Trump has long maintained that Democratically-controlled cities are failing, often making the divisive distinction during fiery stump speeches aimed at illustrating the difference between his base and those places.
Of course, this is an oversimplification used to rile up the electorate, but the patterns that have emerged in recent months makes it easy to believe it. Cities like Portland and Seattle have been besieged by protesters and the extremist agitators who exploit the crowd cover of peaceful demonstrations to push their violent agendas.
New York City, too, has seen some trouble, and the President’s feelings on that locale have been heated for a long time. Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo are dyed-in-the-wool never-Trumpers, who have openly rejected plans by the President to bring federal forces into the city to keep the mayhem at bay.
The Department of Justice, however, just made a ruling that could lead to an even bigger fight between NYC and DC.
New York City is one of three places that “have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities,” leading to its designation as an “anarchist jurisdiction,” the Justice Department said Monday.
Rather than idle words, the designation has potential financial consequences. President Trump issued a memo earlier this month directing the DOJ to identify jurisdictions that, in its view, were not enforcing the law appropriately. Designated cities could lose their federal funding.
The aforementioned Cuomo was quick to respond.
“I understand the politics, but when you try to manipulate and distort government agencies to play politics, which is what the Trump administration has done from day one … this is more of the same,” Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters. “The president can’t supersede the law and say I’m going to make those funds basically discretionary funds, which is what he would have to do.”
“If they actually do this, we will challenge it legally, and they will lose once again,” he added.
Of course, it should be noted that oppression on American citizens by their government has a long history of causing trouble, as the freedom fighters at the Boston Tea Party would tell you.
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