Riots and Shootings Push President to Act
(UnitedVoice.com) – Democrats claim that in the wake of devastation, shootings, and increasing violence in liberal cities, President Trump is creating a Constitutional crisis. However, is that true? As the destructiveness intensifies, there are questions about the mayors and governors who are allowing it to spread and fester without restraints. In addition, these same problem cities have been calling for either defunding or eliminating police while crime is exploding.
Violence in Portland, Chicago, and New York City have Trump’s attention. He’s already called federal law enforcement into Portland to protect federal property and enforce federal law. The president says he’s ready to do it in more cities if officials don’t take care of the problem themselves.
Democrats’ Outlandish Claims
Both the threat or real presence of federal law enforcement has sparked a backlash among liberal Democrats who say that Trump doesn’t have the authority to “invade” their cities. They accuse him of using paramilitary units to suppress protests. Democrats say they won’t stand for it as their cities burn and law-abiding citizens suffer under what they believe to be federal suppression.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot attacked the president, saying he was attempting to “terrorize” the city by sending in federal law enforcement to help fight the extreme crime. What’s happening in the city speaks for itself, though.
On Tuesday evening, July 21, 15 people were wounded outside a funeral home under a barrage of bullets. Earlier in the day, more gunfire erupted across the city. This year, the murder rate has grown 417% over last year and in the June alone there were 116 homicides.
While all this has been happening, Lightfoot was tweeting she won’t allow “Donald Trump’s troops” to “terrorize our residents.”
In Portland, rioters were threatening the US Courthouse as violence and vandalism were on the rise over the weekend. Mayor Ted Wheeler said federal law enforcement wasn’t wanted or asked for and that he wanted them to leave. He added that he believed the Trump administration is breaking the law by using federal policing in cities.
Trump Can Use the Insurrection Act
Unfortunately for these Democrat officials, there isn’t much they can do to stop the presence of federal law enforcement. Under the Insurrection Act of 1807, the president has unilateral authority given to him by Congress and does not need an invitation by governors or mayors to enforce it. It provides the president with the power to use the military or federal law enforcement to maintain or restore peace in times of crisis.
“Whenever the President considers it necessary to use the militia or the armed forces under this chapter, he shall, by proclamation, immediately order the insurgents to disperse and retire peaceably to their abodes within a limited time.”
The Insurrection Act in History
President Lincoln used the Insurrection Act as the legal basis for waging the Civil War. Without it, he would not have had the authority to send the military into states without a governor’s permission.
Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy used the Insurrection Act against the wishes of the local and state officials to fight the Klu Klux Klan, enforce desegregation, and protect African American students. In 1962, President Kennedy used federal marshals in Mississippi to force the University of Mississippi at Oxford to allow Black students to enroll in and attend classes. Most recently, President George H.W. Bush used it in 1992 in Los Angeles to end illegal riots.
Trump Forced Into a Corner
Democrats who refuse to enforce the law, protect communities, or demand peaceful protests over rioting have forced Trump into a corner. In response to the Democrat’s recklessness, Trump responded by emphasizing their lack of failed leadership. He tweeted, “We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!”
The president has a responsibility to ensure peace and protect both federal laws and property. Therefore, he has the Constitutional right to preserve peace and protect American citizens against extreme violence and riots.
It’s a dangerous game that Democrat governors and mayors are playing. They should consider accepting help and restoring peace.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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