Moms Object! Trump’s Troops Escalate Tensions, Violate Protestors’ Basic Rights in Portland, Head to Other U.S. Cities
“Outrageous. Immoral. Unconstitutional. Pathetic. The President’s decision to send troops to Portland, Oregon, against the wishes of state and local officials, is an appalling abuse of power and a violation of the most basic rights of American citizens. It is profoundly disturbing that federal troops – in camouflage and wearing no identification – have forced people into unmarked cars, threatened and tried to intimidate protestors, and used tear gas against public officials. At MomsRising, we commend and are proud to stand with every person who is taking a stand for justice in Portland and across the country, including Black Lives Matter, the Movement for Black Lives, those who formed the ‘Wall of Moms,’ and so many others. We are saddened and outraged that anyone had to endure tear gas on our streets. Trust us, moms will not be intimidated or turned away.
“It is very clear that Trump’s federal presence in Portland is escalating tensions and creating the very out-of-control situation the President claims to be trying to end. Rather than sending federal troops to Chicago, Albuquerque and other American cities, the administration should withdraw them immediately and only deploy law enforcement support if state or local officials request it. That did not happen in Portland or in any other city President Trump is threatening.”
-Statement of Monifa Bandele, senior vice president, MomsRising
“This is a transparent, pathetic attempt by our deeply unpopular, failed President to boost his flagging popularity and distract us from his wholly inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has cost tens of thousands of lives.
“If he wanted to protect democracy and advance justice, President Trump would work collaboratively with local officials and direct his administration to invest in youth services, public health, education, de-escalation, and related programs that lift families and our economy, as well as support the gun violence prevention our country desperately needs. Instead, this dangerous, politically motivated stunt is escalating tensions, trampling on our rights, and undermining our fundamental liberties. It must not continue. Moms across America are appalled and will not stand silent while the rights of our children,families, and people of our country are trampled by President Trump and his administration.”
- Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO, MomsRising