Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said President Donald Trump ordering the use of federal police officers in Portland, OR, and threatening to do the very same in other cities to quell the ongoing protests is “an authoritarian president out of control.”
Merkley said, “We have an authoritarian president out of control. He’s long appreciated the tactics of Putin and Duterte and Erdoğan and other strongmen around the globe, and now he has actually brought their secret authorities methods to the streets of our nation. “
He continued, “I was believing at a current demonstration that included a march from Capitol Hill up to the L’Enfant Plaza can across from the White Home. And I believed it’s not rather what democracy looks like since the president had shut down L’Enfant Plaza, so the protesters were method out of sight of the White House. And it was quickly after that he put unmarked police on the steps of the Lincoln Monolith.
He included, “Each time I thought, this won’t continue. The response will be so fierce. And then he sends his team to Portland, unmarked folks in war uniforms, camouflage, patrolling the streets grabbing protesters at random, tossing them into unmarked vans, sweeping them away, not telling them who they are, not having affordable cause for stopping them in the first place. And then we see, for instance, a man in white sweatshirt saying, I’m a navy veteran, and 2 officers are beating him with batons while another one continue to pepper spray his face. And he’s simply standing there. And I’m thinking, tranquil protesters, American veteran, wanted to come down and state, ‘Are you honoring your oath to the Constitution? And they’re beating the hell out of him. And we have another protester who is holding a radio above his head, and you can see in the video, he’s simply standing there throughout the street from Trump’s deployed forces and he’s shot square between the eyes, right in the forehead with an impact munition, put him in crucial condition in the medical facility, with a fractured skull. And I believed, well, that’s not what democracy appears like. This is secret policing given America. It’s why I presented the clear police in America act within the last 48 hours, over 40 senators have signed on to it. We need to respond. And we require to enable this type of costs to be discussed and voted on, on the flooring of the U.S. Senate. “
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