The Senate's top Democrat calls President Donald Trump's deployment of federal agents into Portland a "despicable diversionary thing," and says it will backfire on the administration. (July 21)
- Thoughts on the federal forces that have been going into various--
CHUCK SCHUMER: I think it's despicable. Senator Merkley has legislation that a broad number of people in our caucus support, including me. And it would say no unmarked cars. It would say no unmarked police. And if federal agents want to protect federal property, they should be on that federal property. And if they want to be in any other place, they need permission of the mayor, governor, or executive who has jurisdiction over the area.
I thought what the president did is two things. First, it's despicable. It's like a third world despotic country where you pick up someone, no identification, drag them somewhere, and he doesn't even know or she doesn't even know what's doing. And second, it's so typical of Trump. He can't solve the COVID crisis. Testing is a mess. The whole country realizes he's an abject failure. So he tries to do a diversionary thing. But this one is a despicable diversionary thing, and it will backfire on him. Thank you.