Senator: Trump Sicced His Secret Police On Portland To Create 2020 Campaign Ads

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Julie Zheng

Sen. Wyden criticized Trump for sending federal squads to Portland to create campaign ads.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) criticized President Donald Trump for deploying his “secret police” to Portland during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, according to Business Insider.

  • Wyden said that Trump has had “heavily armed secret police snatching Portlanders off the streets,” in order to “create images of chaos for his own political gain - to air in campaign ads.”
  • “What is happening in my hometown won’t stop at my hometown,” Wyden warned last month. Trump then announced that he will deploy his “secret police” to more Democrat-run cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Wyden attacked Trump for only focusing on “leftist anarchy” in order to distract from the more numerous “murders and vandalism committed by far-right domestic terrorists.”
  • “Over the past 25 years, the majority of terrorist attacks and plots have come from the far right,” according to a June report released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden has also blasted Trump’s deployment of federal squads, saying, “Arsonists and anarchists should be prosecuted.”

Wyden argued that “this baseless talk of leftist anarchy also erased the work being done by all those who’ve stood up in peaceful protests to declare that Black Lives Matter. The real threat to Americans is posed by the president and his enablers, who are calling peaceful protesters ‘anarchists’ and ‘terrorists’ and sending paramilitary forces into America’s cities.”

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