The Atlantic Daily: Trump’s Show of Force in American Cities

Three writers react to the president’s comments—and weigh in on the state of his presidency.

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The deployment of federal forces against protesters in Portland, Oregon, is, apparently, only the beginning. At a press conference yesterday, Donald Trump revealed that he intends to do the same in other cities nationwide, including New York, Chicago, and Oakland.

Three writers react to this news—and weigh in on the state of this presidency, in our Ideas section:

This show of force is inappropriate—and ineffective.  

Legal questions aside, “the use of federal officers in this manner is corrosive of democratic culture”—and likely dangerous, argue Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes.

The president is basically creating an interior ministry, like those seen abroad.

“It is a strange historical irony that a Republican president would be the one to create a de facto interior ministry,” our writer David A. Graham points out.

Meanwhile, Trump himself is caught up in self-pity.

Our contributing writer Peter Wehner pulls no punches in his latest: “Donald Trump is a psychologically broken, embittered, and deeply unhappy man.”


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