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There's already a thread (or two) about the protests, but I could not find them this morning, but here is an update about Portland:
Donald Trump and the United States’ “Top Cop,” William Barr have been waging a war against citizens’ First Amendment rights for the past few weeks. Using federal law enforcement, military police, unmarked cars, and vaguely understood detainment sites, the federal government has descended on Portland, Oregon, in order to attack and arrest Americans protesting racial injustice and social inequalities. They have done this over the protests of local officials. Gov. Kate Brown announced on social media that by Thursday, federal officers who the governor says have been acting “as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community,” will leave downtown Portland.
Only a couple of hours ago, using the loud sounds of a helicopter’s roaring engine as a safety blanket, Trump complained he couldn’t hear reporters’ questions, all while telling the press that his gestapo forces would not be leaving Portland until the city was “secure.”
Trump’s small-minded attempt at creating enough fear to charge his base into excitement seems to have puttered out. His attorney general spent most of Tuesday looking like a truly weak little wanna-be-dictator as he faced off against real leader after real leader in front of the House Judiciary Committee.
Jared is probably pretty happy this morning.