ACLU sues Trump admin over federal police invasion of PortlandPosted by Annie May / July 19, 2020
The ACLU has sued the Trump administration over the presence of federal police in Portland, Oregon. The organization believes that its legal action is “a fight to save our democracy.” The mayor of Portland has also called on Trump to withdraw his police from the city.
President Trump has sent federal police to Portland, in what critics are calling an act of political theater: “This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety,” Kate Brown, Oregon’s Democratic governor, said in a statement. “The president is failing to lead this nation. Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government.” Protestors reported being very confused about what was going on, unsure of whether the police were real authorities or right-wing extremists.
The federal action may indeed be a result of Trump’s sagging poll numbers. New polls show that Donald Trump’s approval rating is plummeting.These numbers are low, we’re talking one-term president territory. H.W. Bush had a 38% approval rating in late June of his final year in office and Carter had a 31% approval. Trump’s approval rating, as of June, was 38%.
What makes matters worse is Trump’s apparent disdain for the protestors. In talks with aides, Trump has dismissed the protestors from around the nation saying that they’re not his voters. He’s doing the bare minimum to appease the protestors, like postponing his planned Juneteenth rally, but these comments show that all he cares about is getting reelected, even if that comes at dividing the nation.