Friday, June 5, 2020

A Show of Force in Washington DC

Donald Trump on Monday declared himself the “president of law and order”, described the protests as “acts of domestic terror” and said he would deploy “thousands and thousands” of troops to American cities to restore order.

He was more likely referring to Washington DC. 

I reckon he didn’t feel safe at his official residence-and-workplace at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 

Really, we shouldn’t blame him because the protesters are “thugs”, "radical-left anarchists”, “lowlifes and losers” and “scum”. And he was adamant about defending the ground between the White House and protesters. 

Still, local police, the Secret Service, the US Park Police and the District of Columbia National Guard couldn’t give him the protection he was expecting. 

Therefore, according to ABC News, Trump authorized Attorney General William Barr (left) to deploy more muscle in Washington DC. 

Federal enforcement agencies were ordered to dispatch their people to the US capital to help secure the city and especially the White House as well as policing the protesters. 

I’m not sure if this is the full list but they included the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the US Marshals; the Military Police; the federal Bureau of Prisons; the Federal Protective Service; Customs and Border Protection (CBP); Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Transportation Security Administration (TSA); and the Indiana, South Carolina and Utah National Guards. 

According to a HuffPost report published June 03, there were also armed agents of the federal government, “dressed in a patchwork of colors and protective gear that had no insignia to reveal their identity or even the name of the agency they work for”. Hmm, I didn’t know they have the secret police in the US too.

And Democracy Now! claimed that 700 soldiers with the US Army 82nd Airborne armed with fixed bayonets had arrived on Tuesday and they were being deployed to enforce the curfew.

CNN in a report published yesterday mentioned at least 5,800 troops, agents and officers were already on the streets. 

I learned that personal security wasn’t the only reason. A senior White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the President hoped to make the aggressive action in Washington an example for the rest of the country. 

Trump wasn’t just contented with bolstering the manpower. 

He wanted helicopters – the ones seen on Monday night were military helicopters with the Red Cross insignia on them – to blast protesters with their downdraft as a “show of force”. Twitter footage had shown demonstrators quaking beneath deafening gusts.

And defense officials divulged that POTUS even inquired about the use of military vehicles – he asked about “tanks” or other “hardware”. 

Trump means business. He wants to “fight” and “dominate” – methinks, the protests will be over soon. In Washington DC, for sure.

And this time, at least, Trump's actions speak louder than words!

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