An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Hold Trump accountable for his attacks on constitutional rights

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Trump is doubling down on his secret police force. Moments ago he said the federal troops in Portland are doing a “fantastic job” and that he plans to send more federal agents to other major US cities. This is deeply troubling news. Trump is trying to turn our country into an oppressive, authoritarian regime. Trump issued a 6-month executive order on July 18 authorizing federal officers to patrol cities to protect federal monuments and buildings. These forces are now arresting, tear gassing, and shooting at protestors in Portland. These officers are in unmarked vehicles, arresting individuals without reading their Miranda rights and with no explanation why they’re being detained. It’s a shameless abuse of power. Trump has made it clear he will stop at nothing in his war against protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement. In this moment of crisis, Trump is igniting the flames of violence and unrest and using the repressive tactics of his authoritarian friends. Congress needs to respond to this unconstitutional and illegal attack with the only appropriate response: hold Trump accountable.

First sent on July 21, 2020 by Amanda

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