Opinion | Trump's crackdown sputters as 'phased withdrawal' from Portland begins

Source: Washington Post - View Original Article
Published: Jul 30, 2020
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65% Liberal


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96% " It is a phased withdrawal, Brown told me."
95% "Portland's protests will not end well for anyone David Ignatius: For Trump, the Portland protests are a dream come true Max Boot: Trump wants protests to turn violent."
89% "We will have Oregon state police in charge of protecting free speech, Brown told me."
86% "Having federal officers here has brought violence and strife to our community, and, in response, the crowds have increased dramatically, Brown told me."
80% "Don't give him what he wants."
76% "Their work here has substantially exacerbated an already challenging situation."
64% "De-escalating, she said, will entail getting more serious about bold reforms to police practices and our justice system, with a focus on racial equity."
60% "The big question has always been what Wolf and Trump actually wanted to accomplish in Portland."
59% "But it now looks like that mission is getting aborted."
-55% "She added: They will only use crowd control tactics as a last resort."
-56% "That is the most plausible reading -- that, and the fact that it has become clear that this depraved scheme hasn't delivered Trump the political dividends he'd hoped for -- and is likely backfiring."
-60% "Henry Olsen:"
-72% "Trump's invasion made things substantially worse, and the departure is both an admission of failure and a victory for the rule of law."
-75% "When I asked where they would be stationed in the interim, per this agreement, Brown reiterated: They are leaving downtown Portland."
-80% "So it appears homeland security officers might be temporarily stationed somewhere nearby, giving Wolf a way of claiming he isn't surrendering, even as they are pulling out of the zone that has been contested so bitterly."

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96% : " "It is a phased withdrawal," Brown told me.
95% : Portland's protests will not end well for anyone David Ignatius: For Trump, the Portland protests are a dream come true Max Boot: Trump wants protests to turn violent.
91% : When I asked the governor about the discrepancy, she said the agreement is as follows: Those immigration enforcement officers will withdraw from "downtown Portland," and some federal security officers will remain inside the courthouse, but in "soft uniform.
91% : The Post's View: Trump's deployment of federal agents in cities has everything to do with his reelection
89% : "We will have Oregon state police in charge of protecting free speech," Brown told me.
86% : "Having federal officers here has brought violence and strife to our community, and, in response, the crowds have increased dramatically," Brown told me.
83% : " That's the tried-and-true tactic of declaring victory and leaving.
81% : But Brown offered a sharply different rendering of events:
80% : Don't give him what he wants.
76% : "Their work here has substantially exacerbated an already challenging situation."
74% : Brown also suggested she hopes Oregon will now treat this as a teachable moment when it comes to systemic racism.
74% : Wolf is best seen as Trump's chief general carrying out the mission of delivering straight to swing-state living rooms the sort of authoritarian TV imagery that thrills Trump, and persuades him he's winning back frightened white suburbanites and elderly voters.
74% : Wolf, of course, continues to claim his agency's incursions have been all about protecting federal property.
73% : When I asked Brown when they would be leaving Oregon, she again said: "It is a phased withdrawal."
64% : Brown also countered Wolf in another way:
64% : De-escalating, she said, will entail getting "more serious about bold reforms to police practices and our justice system," with a focus on "racial equity."
60% : The big question has always been what Wolf and Trump actually wanted to accomplish in Portland.
59% : But it now looks like that mission is getting aborted.
55% : During an interview, Brown used some interesting language to describe this truce, telling me that Trump's acting homeland security secretary, Chad Wolf, had agreed to a "phased withdrawal" from the city.
55% : However, Brown was adamant on another core point: She declared that the departure of federal law enforcement constituted the opposite of victory, and, instead, represented a concession that the incursions utterly failed, and indeed considerably exacerbated matters.
54% : But, based one what we know now, it appears Trump's lieutenants have agreed to something of a climb-down, though it appears local officials have also made concessions.
54% : "It needed to end."
51% : "They have to be accountable to Oregon law."
45% : She added: "They will only use crowd control tactics as a last resort."
44% : "They are leaving for a reason," she said.
44% : That is the most plausible reading -- that, and the fact that it has become clear that this depraved scheme hasn't delivered Trump the political dividends he'd hoped for -- and is likely backfiring.
43% : Brown put out a statement earlier saying that federal officers had agreed to "withdraw from Portland."
40% : The terms of this cease-fire are somewhat murky.
40% : Henry Olsen:
35% : But Wolf told reporters that Department of Homeland Security officers in Portland -- many of whom appeared to be redeployed from immigration enforcement -- would "remain" on standby until they were assured that Oregon State Police had secured the embattled Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.
28% : Trump's invasion made things substantially worse, and the departure is both an admission of failure and a victory for the rule of law.
25% : When I asked where they would be stationed in the interim, per this agreement, Brown reiterated: "They are leaving downtown Portland."
24% : If it seems jarring to hear the phrase "phased withdrawal" being applied to U.S. law enforcement's actions with regard to an American city, that's because it is: Those law enforcement battalions have been in Portland in direct defiance of Brown and Portland's mayor, Ted Wheeler.
20% : So it appears homeland security officers might be temporarily stationed somewhere nearby, giving Wolf a way of claiming he isn't surrendering, even as they are pulling out of the zone that has been contested so bitterly.
18% : "They're leaving downtown Portland.
18% : Wolf, unsurprisingly, did try to declare victory.
18% : He put out a statement claiming Oregon State Police had agreed to "begin securing properties and streets," as though they hadn't done so before, and that this agreement was "possible due to the valiant efforts" of his officers over "the past two months.
17% : Brown flatly declared that the federal withdrawal was a concession of failure.
15% : Far from agreeing that Oregon State Police would be carrying out a pacifying role that it wasn't before -- as Wolf insisted -- Brown said the emphasis would now be on de-escalating the situation (which Trump's actions made worse), while simultaneously defending the civil liberties of protesters.
15% : The new focus for Oregon state police, Brown insisted, would be to "de-escalate and avoid confrontation.
12% : But imagery of violent street clashes has appeared in millions of dollars of Trump campaign advertising, even as the federal incursion continued in spite of clear evidence it was making things worse, not just in Portland but in other cities as well. That may have been the whole point all along.

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