President Donald Trump is dropping the hammer on the “weak mayors and lawless cities” that are allowing anarchy to run unchecked in their streets.
The New York Post exclusively reported Wednesday that the president has signed a memo calling for a review of all federal funds that are currently going to “ jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”
“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump writes in the memo, according to The Post.
Cutting funds to ‘anarchist jurisdictions’
In the eyes of President Trump, any city that is going to defund its police departments and/or refuses to stop violence and rioting really doesn’t need federal funding. After all, if they are reallocating funds from the police, why should U.S. taxpayers have to foot the bill for city programs, right?
As such, this week, Trump reportedly demanded that all federal agencies detail “all federal funds provided to Seattle, Portland, New York City, and Washington, D.C.”
In 30 days, Budget Director Russ Vought has been directed to issue guidance “to the heads of agencies on restricting eligibility of or otherwise disfavoring, to the maximum extent permitted by law, anarchist jurisdictions in the receipt of federal grants.” The “anarchist jurisdictions” will be defined by Attorney General William Barr. The Post noted Barr was NOT required to include the four cities mentioned by name in the memo.
Restore law and order
The goal of the administration is not so much to pull funding from these cities as it is to force them to start maintaining law and order again. To a greater degree, it is about encouraging them to quell the violence in the streets and to stop using citizens as pawns in the Democrats’ ridiculous quest for power.
Trump touched on this in the memo, according to The Post, pointing out the rise in violence but a drop in arrests.
“While violence has surged, arrests have plummeted. In a 28-day period during the months of June and July, [New York City] arrests were down 62 percent from the same period in 2019,” he wrote. “Amidst the rising violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council agreed to cut one billion dollars from the New York Police Department budget, including by cancelling the hiring of 1,163 officers.”
Trump elaborated his intent in a tweet on Wednesday:
My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses. We’re putting them on notice today. @RussVought45
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020
This will surely be challenged legally and when that happens, the outcome will undoubtedly be determined by the ideology of the judge. We can only hope it is a conservative because too often, liberal judges have shown that any suit with Trump’s name on it has a pre-determined outcome.