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Trump threatens intervention as Portland protests persist

On Monday President Trump threatened to get the Federal Government involved in settling the civil unrest in Portland, Oregon: https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/08/31/907870503/trump-threatens-intervention-after-portland-violence. Protests began in late May in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. While initially peaceful, the protests have since turned violent and riots have plagued the city and its residents. Most recently the violence reached a boiling point over the weekend when Black Lives Matter protesters and Trump supports clashed, leaving one person dead.


Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, has pushed back against Trump, blaming the president for creating the atmosphere for unrest. Mayor Wheeler said, "Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It's you who have created the hate and the division." Trump has been critical of Democrat leadership during this time as most outbursts of violence have come in Democrat led states and cities, and while Democratic leadership in Washington has failed to denounce the riots. The Trump campaign has even gone as far as labeling the violence as "Biden's American", warning that this could persist if the former vice president is elected.


While Democrats have been critical of Trump, the president has found success when called upon. Protests and riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin over the shooting of Jacob Blake by police were recently quelled by the National Guard and peace has been restored. That being said, violence is still present in many major cities throughout the country. This then begs the question: Should Trump intervene, even against the wishes of the city of Portland? Will this intervention improve the "Law and Order" image his campaign is touting, or will it hurt his chances in November?

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