U.S. President Tammy Duckworth said President Trump’s efforts to send federal law enforcement to Chicago were a “political ploy,” and if the president really wanted to curb violent crime in the Windy City, he would uphold arms control laws.
Duckworth, a possible future friend of Democrat Joe Biden, blew up Trump’s federal law enforcement deployment in Portland and said he would oppose any effort to make Chicago Trump’s other goal of restraining protesters.
“It’s a political stuntman,” Duckworth said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday. “I mean, you look at what happened in Portland, you actually have federal officials ̵1; we’re not even sure which agencies we’re all of – wearing military-style uniforms, driving unmarked vehicles, taking peaceful protesters out of the streets and leaving. with them in the middle of the night. This is unacceptable. You cannot come and politicize a government in a way that attacks Americans peacefully in the exercise of their First Amendment rights. “
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The brief has repeatedly targeted Chicago and its outrage at shootings and murders as an example of what is wrong with Democrat-led cities. Last week, Trump announced at a White House ceremony that he would “blow” federal law enforcement officials into the city to confuse the violent crime that claimed the lives of many people, including young children.
The Chicago deployment mission is to help identify, arrest, and prosecute perpetrators responsible for the violent crime, and the deployment in Portland has been aimed at protecting the Federal Courthouse from harm. Local Oregon officials want federal officials to condemn the violence and blame aggressive police tactics, including the use of tear gas by the crowd.
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Duckworth said what the federal government really needs are smart gun control laws that prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands.
“If the president really wants to draw attention to gun violence in Chicago, he can call [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell today and ask us to vote on smart gun control laws, such as the universal background check, for example, to end large-scale 30-round or more rounds, “Duckworth said.” These things will pass. They are supported bilaterally. 90 percent. Americans support universal background checks [and] closing the gaps. … We can do better and we can do more. ”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, previously criticizing Trump, has reached an understanding with the Trump administration that federal officials will focus on investigating crimes and not engage in confrontation with protesters like Portland.
Duckworth was more open to a purposeful partnership with federal officials, but worried that the presence of federal law enforcement could escalate into violent police tactics for protesters who regularly took to the streets after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
“Now, if he wants to send federal resources to Chicago to work with the city of Chicago, with the Mayor’s Lightfoot administration, and to work with local law enforcement, I want to look at that,” Duckworth said. “But if he sends unmarked people who take peaceful protesters to the streets and Americans who only exercise their fundamental rights and expel them in unmarked vans, then I will oppose him at every turn.”
TYPES OF CHICAGO, PORTLAND, OTHER CITIES FEDERAL “COMBINATION OF FORCES MEASURES FORCES”
The short administration effort in Chicago is part of Operation Legend, named after 4-year-old boy LeGend Taliferro, who was shot in Kansas City on June 29. The Justice Department’s program began on July 8th. Kansas City. Chicago and Albuquerque July 22 And it just expanded to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Trump said hundreds of federal officials would land in Chicago last week to reduce violent crime as he confessed to the cities for bowing to protesters’ demands to beat police. The brief said the agents would come from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security.
“This rampant of violence has shaken the conscience of our nation and we will not try to watch and see how it happens,” Trump said.