In comments from the Oval Office on Monday, President Donald Trump intensified rising fears that his administration will deploy federal agents to Democrat-led cities across the country to replicate a widely condemned crackdown in Portland, Oregon that critics charge is not only authoritarian but part of the president’s effort to win a second term by stoking division and chaos.
Asked by a reporter whether he will send federal law enforcement to some of these cities, Trump said that “we’ll have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you. In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job… in a very short period of time. No problem.”
“Get ready, New York. We can’t allow these fascist tactics in our city,” Democratic New York State Sen. Mike Gianaris wrote on Twitter. He was far from alone in denouncing the administration’s approach as fascist.
“Fascism coming to a city near you,” tweeted writer Thor Benson, also sharing the video. Alex Kotch, an investigative reporter at the Center for Media and Democracy, similarly said: “Watch Fascism™ spread in real time!”
Brave New Films blasted Trump as “an authoritarian wanna-be dictator.”