Well, this is going to escalate things.
Courtesy of the New York Post:
President Trump is ordering the federal government to begin the process of defunding New York City and three other cities where officials allowed “lawless” protests and cut police budgets amid rising violent crime, The Post can exclusively reveal.
Trump on Wednesday signed a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget that detail funds that can be redirected.
New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland are initial targets as Trump makes “law and order” a centerpiece of his re-election campaign after months of unrest and violence following the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump says in the memo, which twice mentions New York Mayor Bill de Blasio by name.
“To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”
This is completely unprecedented and clearly has nothing to do with any “lawlessness” that Trump perceives in these cities.
He is simply misusing his powers to punish his political enemies and does not care how many citizens must suffer because of his decisions.
This threat pissed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo off and he kind of made one of his own.
Also courtesy of the New York Post:
Cuomo called an emergency press briefing within a half-hour on Wednesday night to tear into Trump for the order, which cites New York’s rising murder rate and defunding of the NYPD.
“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him,” the Democrat said, all but threatening the commander-in-chief.
But Cuomo — who, like Trump, hails from Queens — wasn’t done. “He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him.”
On substance, Cuomo said he doubted the legality of Trump’s five-page memo ordering a review of federal funds that can be redirected from New York City, Portland, Seattle and Washington, DC.
“It is more of the same from him. It’s political, it is gratuitous. And it’s illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City,” Cuomo said.
I would concede that on the face of it what Cuomo sad could certainly be perceived as a threat, however, I think it is more accurately identified as a fact.
I think that if Trump actually had the balls to walk the streets of New York City right now that his life would be in serious jeopardy, and it would have nothing to do with what Cuomo said.
From the safety of his Twitter account, Donald Trump revealed what is really pissing him off about New York.
.@NYGovCuomo should get his puppet New York prosecutors, who have been illegally after me and my family for years, to investigate his incompetent handling of the China Virus, and all of the deaths caused by this incompetence. It is at minimum a Nursing Home Scandal – 11,000 DEAD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020
Yeah, this has nothing to do with protesters or property destruction, this is all about Trump’s agitation over investigations into his family and his business being launched by prosecutors in New York.
Everything else is just collateral damage.