Democrat mayors who have allowed their cities to be overrun by criminals and wrecked by rioters are furious that the federal government would hold them accountable.
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr followed through on his word by labeling Portland, Seattle, and New York as “anarchist jurisdiction” cities that would deprive them of federal funding.
It was a decisive move by the Trump administration to restore order in areas where law-abiding citizens are being terrorized by violent anarchists and street thugs while local officials handcuff and defund the police.
In an official Justice Department announcement, Barr states:
“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,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “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.”
The designation resulted in outrage from mayors Bill de Blasio of New York, Ted Wheeler of Portland, and Jenny Durkan of Seattle who are clearly more upset that they would be losing federal money than the fact that their cities have become amusement parks for criminals.
The trio issued a joint statement condemning the DOJ’s move:
“The President is playing cheap political games with Congressionally directed funds,” they 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.”
Then de Blasio threw down the race card which should do wonders for NYC residents and police who are already under attack by Marxist-inspired Black Lives Matter insurgents.
- Via The New York Post, “De Blasio, Cuomo fume as DOJ puts ‘anarchist’ NYC funds on chopping block”:
New York’s Democratic leaders on Monday trashed President Trump after the Justice Department placed the Big Apple on a list of “anarchist jurisdictions” eligible to lose federal funds — with Mayor Bill de Blasio claiming the decision was “all about race.”
Responding to the news that New York has been designated an “anarchist jurisdiction” by the DOJ, first reported by The Post, de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the threat to yank funds from New York was a shameless move by Trump to boost his re-election campaign, rather than a sincere effort to discourage cities from tolerating violent protests or cutting cops during violent crime waves.
“It’s all about race and it’s all about attempts to divide and to enthrall his base by attacking ‘the other,’” de Blasio said. “This is what this guy does, it’s the only trick in his book. You gotta go back to the 1980s when he called for the execution of the Central Park Five.”
“He turns his attention, which he wants to associate with people of color — in another way, of course, he wants to associate with Democrats and progressives,” Hizzoner said. “He treats them as ‘the other,’ he tries to convince a lot of people in this country that we all are the problem and he will save his voters from all of us.”
Mayor de Blasio’s wretched tenure as the Big Apple’s mayor has culminated with the decimation of businesses due to Draconian COVID-19 restrictions and a horrific spike in violent crime that has triggered a mass exodus from the city.
New York Governor and nursing home killer Andrew Cuomo also railed against the designation:
“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”
“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,”
Despite his miserable track record on COVID-19 and his presiding over his state like a mafia don, Cuomo continues to be showered with adoration by the corrupt media.
The reaction by the Democrats only serves to prove President Trump’s point that they are coddlers of criminals and enemies of law and order.
New York, Portland, and Seattle are a good start but Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Chicago, and several other Democrat-controlled cities would also easily qualify to be added to the “anarchist jurisdiction” list.