If you were walking down the streets of Catskill or Hudson in daylight or nighttime and saw armed men in uniform, lined up on sidewalks or positioned at intersections holding weapons at the ready, would you think you were living in a fictitious police state?
We think so, and so does Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who told President Donald Trump on Wednesday in scathing terms not to send his federal troops to New York City and to keep them out of New York state.
Trump on Monday announced plans to deploy federal forces to Chicago and suggested he would do the same in other big cities following a surge in violent crimes across the nation, including shootings, homicides and burglaries. He has already done so in Portland, Oregon, turning the Rose City into a nightmare war zone of kidnappings and false arrests.
“I think the situation can be managed by the state to the extent of anything that has to be done,” Cuomo said during a telephone press briefing late Wednesday morning. “[Trump] expressed his concern about the crime in New York City. We are concerned about it, and we are watching it and monitoring it.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened Wednesday to file a lawsuit to block Trump from bringing his self-aggrandizing federal crackdown to the city with a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, saying federal agents are not needed.
Aptly, Trump coined a name for his dirty little war on Constitutional rights. It’s called Operation Legend. It even has a subtitle: Combating Violent Crime in American Cities. But Trump got the Legend part of the name correct. The president is still a legend in his own mind.