The events in Portland, Oregon, are a shocking betrayal of the American right to free assembly as enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The actions of federal marshals there show all the hallmarks of “secret police” who can pick up anyone and whisk them off without cause. This is a chilling example of policing gone awry.
No such federal response was decreed by the president in May when armed protesters entered the Michigan State House – encouraged by the president – to defy public-health measures during the COVID-19 crisis.
Republicans, please stand up to this president who is trampling not only human decency, but the very basics of our Constitution!