Trump to Send Federal Agents to Multiple Cities Soon

Announces 'surge' of agents into Chicago; Albuquerque next?

Amid continued concerns about a federal crackdown in Portland, Oregon, President Trump announced Wednesday that the effort is going to continue, saying hundreds of “very skilled” federal officers are being sent to Chicago “immediately” as the next target.

In Portland, the crackdown is nominally meant to curb protests by what Trump labeled “anarchists.” Chicago is a very different situation, though Trump tried to draw a parallel and suggested Chicago protesters are violating “multiple federal laws.”

That’s Wednesday’s justification, but just a day prior, Trump had suggested that the big problem was the large number of shootings in Chicago and high crime. A bigger case could be made there, with 2,151 people shot in Chicago in 2019.

Concerns about the legality of these federal crackdowns is likely to continue, and doubly so with the inconsistent narrative in Chicago. President Trump’s efforts to make this about political protesters, and pledge to target cities run by “liberal Democrats,” will only make this more rancorous.

Beyond Chicago, a number of other major cities are likely to be next. Earlier this week, Trump singled out Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Oakland as possible targets. On Wednesday, there were reports Kansas City was on the list, and Trump also suggested Albuquerque, New Mexico was high on his list.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.