WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he will send federal agents into Chicago and Albuquerque to help combat rising crime as he runs for reelection under a “law-and-order” mantle. Using alarmist language, Trump on Wednesday painted Democrat-led cities as out of control, even though criminal justice experts say the increase in violence in some cities defies easy explanation.
The decision to dispatch federal agents to American cities is playing out at a hyper-politicized moment in American politics.
With less than four months until Election Day, Trump has been serving up dire warnings that the violence would worsen if his Democratic rival Joe Biden is elected in November.
The nation’s third-largest city is on edge amid a surge in gun violence and protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Activists say if the agents act as they did recently in Portland, Oregon, it could spark even more violence and attract the kind of agitators who attacked police during a recent downtown protest.
They also worry that such a scene is just the kind of thing Trump wants as he seeks reelection.