Protests explode across the country; police declare riots in Seattle, Portland – The Washington Post

“For a month, the President threatened to send federal forces to ‘clean up’ Seattle. … The President has made good on his threats in Portland, and continues to exacerbate the situation on the ground, endanger communities, and jeopardize the work of local officials,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) said Wednesday in a statement. “The President unilaterally deploying paramilitary-type forces into American cities should concern all Americans. His blatant disregard for the constitution — and for the safety and wellbeing of our residents — is textbook despotism.” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D), who was tear-gassed last week as he joined protesters, has described the agents an “occupying force.”

Protests explode across the country; police declare riots in Seattle, Portland – The Washington Post