Seattle Mayor: Trump is ’Leveraging Power for His Own Purposes' by Sending in Feds
Jenny Durkan joins other Democratic mayors who are against federal police
Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who once referred to the violent Autonomous Zone in Capitol Hill as a "bloc party," blasted President Donald Trump for sending federal agents to quell the unrest in her city.
Speaking to CNN, Durkan said, “the fabric of America is being shredded before our eyes.”
CNN host Chris Cuomo began his segment saying federal forces "were not asked to come. That’s how it’s supposed to work. The State leaders are supposed to ask for Federal help.”
Cuomo, referencing Durkan's widely criticized comment, said:
“So much for the ‘Summer of Love,’ I mean, this just keeps getting worse and worse,” he said.
Durkan said that Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf “believes he did not have all the information when he spoke to me” about sending troops to Seattle.
“So, he’s a cover guy, Wolf,” Cuomo replied.
“Well, look, it all depends. One thing you can — that’s consistent about this President is inconsistency.”
Durkan admitted federal agents were on standby before attacking them for being there.
“[Y]ou have seen the introduction of a significant number of Federal agents who, night after night after night, have escalated violence and have had a fight, a running fight on Portland that has created there a public safety risk …”
Durkan said Trump “has also said that he’s targeting cities led by Democratic Mayors, and I think that’s absolutely true.”
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan: "The fabric of America is being shredded before our eyes." pic.twitter.com/Q4DQ07ptap— The Hill (@thehill) July 25, 2020
“He is leveraging his power, just as you said before, for his own purposes,” she alleged.
“Instead of giving us the help he needs (sic), he wants to send in Federal forces and Federal agents to escalate tensions."
"Not only do cities not need it, America doesn’t need it. This is one of the most dangerous escalations.”
“I was a Federal Prosecutor,” she asserted.
“I know how important it is for Federal Law Enforcement to work with Local Law Enforcement. As the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer, as U.S. Attorney, I know that that’s an important relationship.”
“I’ve never seen anything like this, in my career, where Federal agents are sent in, not even, not with the cooperation of Local Law Enforcement, but over their objection,” she pontificated.
“It’s unprecedented, and it’s the wrong way to go. The fabric of America is being shredded before our eyes, Chris, and it worries me greatly.”
Durkan's remarks come days after a federal judge ruled that federal agents in Portland, Oregon do not have to identify themselves while making arrests
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman ruled that Oregon state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum did not have enough standing to sue the federal government.