President Trump Monday said he plans to send more federal law enforcement officers into cities to reduce crime and combat rioting.
From remarks he made today in the Oval Office:
Portland was totally out of control. The Democrats — the liberal Democrats running the place had no idea what they were doing. They were ripping down — for 51 days, ripping down that city, destroying the city, looting it. The level of corruption and what was going on there is incredible. And then the governor comes out: “We don’t need any help.”
How about Chicago? I read the numbers were many people killed over the weekend. We’re looking at Chicago too. We’re looking at New York. Look at what’s going on.
I know the police very well — New York’s Finest. And the fact is they’re restricted from doing anything. They can’t do anything. I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you. Because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these — Oakland is a mess.
We’re going to have more federal law enforcement — that, I can tell you. In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job. They’ve been there three days, and they really have done a fantastic job in very short period of time. No problem. They grab them; a lot of people in jail. They’re leaders. These are anarchists. These are not protestors. People say “protestors”; these people are anarchists. These are people that hate our country. And we’re not going to let it go forward.
And I’ll tell you what: The governor and the mayor and the senators out there, they’re afraid of these people. They’re afraid. I really believe they’re actually maybe even physically afraid of these people — because what they’re doing is incredible.
We didn’t just go there. This wasn’t like it started right away. We went there after 51 days. We said, “We can’t let that happen anymore.” And you know what? If Biden got in, that would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we’re not going to let it go to hell.