During a recent interview with Fox News, Donald Trump bragged about federal troops in Portland, Oregon gassing the city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler. Trump would also claim that he could send thousands of troops into cities across the country.
Trump ordered federal officers sent into Portland where they have attacked peaceful protesters with rubber bullets, tear gas, and flash grenades. They have also detained non-threatening protesters in unmarked vehicles. The federal agents currently in Portland include members of Border Patrol and U.S. Marshals, among others.
Mayor Ted Wheeler was hit with tear gas on Wednesday while he stood with protesters outside the federal courthouse. Trump thought Wheeler being hit with tear gas was “great.”
“He made a fool out of himself. He wanted to be among the people, so he went into the crowd and they knocked the hell out of him,” Trump said. “That was the end of him. So that was pretty pathetic.”
Trump would then go on to falsely claim that Portland protesters were “going wild for 51 days” and were going to “rip down the federal courthouse.” The protests in Portland only grew after Trump sent in federal troops. Since federal troops entered Portland new groups have come out to take a stand. Also, a “Wall of Moms” have made their way to the streets of Portland to form a human wall between protesters and federal officers.
Trump claimed that he could send in as many as 75,000 federal officers into cities. Reportedly, he will be sending 200 federal officers into Chicago soon. Trump made it clear that he was planning an invasion of major American cities where protests are still taking place.
“We’ll go into all of the cities, any of the cities, we’re ready,” Trump said. “We’ll put in 50,000, 60,000 people that really know what they’re doing, they’re strong and they’re tough,” Trump added. “As you know, we have to be invited in. At a certain point, we have to do something much stronger than being invited in.”
“We could solve it if they invited us in, we’d go in with 50,000, 75,000 people, we’d be able to solve it like you wouldn’t believe, and quick,” Trump said. “But they just don’t want to ask. Maybe for political reasons, but they just don’t want to ask. It’s a disgrace.”
On Thursday night the Trump administration was dealt a blow when a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the feds from attacking journalists and legal observers at protests. The new order states that the feds cannot seize photographic and video equipment or order journalists to stop taking photos or stop filming.
“This order is a victory for the rule of law,” Oregon ACLU interim executive director Jann Carson said in a statement. “Federal agents from Trump’s Departments of Homeland Security and Justice are terrorizing the community, threatening lives, and relentlessly attacking journalists and legal observers documenting protests. These are the actions of a tyrant, and they have no place anywhere in America.”