Preparing for the worst: Trump administration sends tactical border team to be on “standby” in Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA– President Donald Trump has sent a tactical border team to Seattle.  Making good on his pledge to use the full force of the federal government to protect federal property, the tactical border officers arrived in Seattle on Thursday.

This Special Response team is very similar to the tactical teams that the Trump administration sent to Portland back in early July as violent protests continued to erupt on an almost nightly basis. According to The Hill, this Special Response team operates under U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

A CBP spokesperson said that the team will only be used if the protests expected over the weekend in Seattle escalate to a boiling point.

Regarding the tactical border team, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) said in a statement:

“The CBP will be on standby in the area, should they be required.”

According to the NYPOST, the move came as a surprise to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. When Durkan initially spoke to Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, she was reassured that there were no plans to deploy federal troops in Seattle. 

The administration noted that the tactical team is remaining on standby as of now and will only be deployed as needed. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman Alexei Woltornist said in a statement:

“There is no large-scale deployment of personnel to Seattle at this time. As threats warrant, any large-scale use of law enforcement assets will involve close coordination with local law enforcement.”

Another DHS official told CNN:

“The team is being sent on standby, not as a surge of force.”

Sending a Special Response team to Seattle comes as Trump and his administration continue to make good on their promise to crack down on the violent protests that are surging in major cities from coast to coast. 

The Trump administration is also looking to send federal agents to Chicago in the upcoming week. Woltornist said in a statement:

“In this environment, all major metropolitan areas have additional capabilities to standby to protect facilities. This is prudent and commonsense.”

A spokesperson from FPS said in a statement:

“Federal Protective Service routinely requests mutual assistance from other law enforcement agencies when there are threats to federal properties. The FPS requests this kind of assistance multiple times a year at our over 9,000 facilities across the county.”

President Trump continues to give his full support behind the federal agents and Wolf. According to MSN, Trump said that he would possibly send more federal officers to other “Democratic” cities, saying that the agents in Portland are doing a fantastic job.

He said in a statement:

“I’m going to do something, that I can tell you because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these, Oakland is a mess.”

On Sunday, at least a dozen Seattle police officers were hurt, one needing treatment at a hospital while a group of violent demonstrators caused a significant amount of property damage to government buildings and private businesses. 

Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild said that it was appropriate to seek help from the federal government.

He said in a statement:

“Why can’t we ask for federal help? Why do we have to play the political game? This is the time more than ever for assistance.”

He continued:

“We had criminal domestic terrorists lay siege to our city for over three hours. When is enough, enough?”

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about Trump making good on his promise to protect large cities from continuous violent protests:

He’s done with the garbage… and he’s sending in the feds.  Everywhere.

President Trump enacted an Executive Order which partially states:

“The first duty of government is to ensure domestic tranquility and defend the life, property, and rights of its citizens.  Over the last 5 weeks, there has been a sustained assault on the life and property of civilians, law enforcement officers, government property, and revered American monuments…

Many of the rioters, arsonists, and left-wing extremists who have carried out and supported these acts have explicitly identified themselves with ideologies – such as Marxism – that call for the destruction of the United States system of government…

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, personnel to assist with the protection of Federal monuments, memorials, statutes, or property.  This section shall terminate 6 months from the date of this order unless extended by the President.” 

In keeping to his promise to end the riots and stop the unlawful destruction of federal property, President Trump is following through and sending federal police to those areas which have yet to stop the riots. 

President Trump had called on the democratic leaders in these areas to calm the violence and stop the riots in their areas or warned that he would send in federal authorities to stop it for them. 

After they were unable or refused to stop the rioting, he is following through on his promise to the American people to bring peace back to these areas, so that more private property owners, including those owned by minorities, do not have to worry about their livelihood being destroyed. 

According to Fox News, President Trump states:

“New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore…we’re not going to let this happen in our country.  We will have more federal law enforcement.  That I can tell you.”   

President Trump’s call to action, specifically in Chicago, may be pushed by the rising violent crime in the area.  A city in which recently had 14 victims that were taken to local hospitals after being shot at a funeral Tuesday night.

A witness to the shooting, Arnita Gerder, on Tuesday night told WMAQ:

“All we saw was just bodies laying everywhere.  Shot up everywhere, all over.  Legs, stomach, back, all over the place.  We thought it was a war out there.” 

On Monday alone, more than 20 people were killed in the city.  Over the weekend, 63 total people were shot, 12 of those were killed.  FOP President Catanzara wrote:

“I would be willing to sit down anytime and discuss ideas about how we can bring civility back to the streets of Chicago.  These politicians are failing the good men and women of this city and the police department.  Mayor Lightfoot has proved to be a complete failure who is either unwilling or unable to maintain law and order here.” 

President Trump weighed in on Lightfoot by saying:

“Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect.  I am concerned it is another example of you lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement.” 

Democratic Mayor Lightfoot responded:

“If you really wanted to help the city, let’s start with the fact that you would weigh in, Mr. President, on common sense….gun reform.  It makes no sense that people from Chicago can go across the border to Indiana and buy military grade weapons and bring them to our city and kill our children.” 

What the mayor fails to realize is that criminals do not go to areas where it is legal to buy firearms the majority of the time.  Often, criminals buy guns off of other criminals off of the streets, and no laws (and Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the nation) will prevent a criminal from obtaining a gun. 

By nature, criminals do not obey the laws.

Mayor Lightfoot also contends that the federal officers who are operating elsewhere have no way to identify that they are law enforcement. 

Law Enforcement Today challenges you to look up any federal officer element in that city, and if you find a federal police officer that is not clearly identifiable.

Democratic leaders in the House sent a letter to the Acting Homeland Security Director Chad Wolf, demanding explanations for what has transpired in Portland. 

Perhaps they have not watched any of the videos which show the rioters unlawfully attacking officers and failing to yield their lawful commands to step away from all federal buildings.    

If the officers cannot use force to ensure that people adhere to their commands to step away, what are they supposed to do, beg them to obey the law?

The letter says:

“The tactics that DHS appears to be utilizing to carry out the President’s Executive Order in Portland, Oregon, run contrary to the rule of law, including the most fundamental requirements of the Constitution, and are an intolerable anathema to everything for which our Republic stands.” 

Perhaps, again, they have not watched the vide of violent rioters that have attacked law enforcement officers and destroyed property.  Last time we checked, destroying and attacking people were not guaranteed by the Constitution. 

Democratic spokesman appears to tell decorated combat veteran to burn in hell and die

Pennsylvania – Wow – tell us how you really feel.

Democratic Representative for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, Conor Lamb, is in the middle of a campaign against Republican challenger Sean Parnell. 

Typically, mud slinging in campaigns is to be expected, however, campaign spokesmen do not tweet out desires for their opponents to burn in hell and die, that is just frowned upon in a civilized society. 

Until now, when Lamb’s spokesman and brother, Coleman Lamb, did just that when he replied to a tweet asking that Parnell be added to a thread to “Burn in hell and die.”

Parnell issued a statement regarding the tweet, saying:

“It is disappointing that Conor Lamb’s brother, a leader in his campaign, would stoop so low as to call for the death of a political opponent. It is distasteful and hateful rhetoric that has no place in political discourse. 

In the spirit of today’s cancel culture, one would expect calls for Coleman Lamb’s immediate dismissal. However, I believe that everyone needs a little grace from time to time.

As despicable as Coleman Lamb’s comments are, everyone makes mistakes, and I hope that Coleman Lamb, Conor Lamb, and their campaign team can learn from it.”

Michael McAdams, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee called the tweet from Lamb “totally unhinged.” 

He tweeted, “Totally unhinged behavior from @ConorLambPA’s little brother & campaign manager; wishing Lamb’s opponent and decorated Army combat veteran @SeanParnellUSA dies and burns in hell.” 

Abby Nassif-Murphy, the campaign manager for Lamb said that Coleman Lamb did not “threaten anyone.” 

Lamb just tagged Parnell’s twitter account “while responding to vile tweets from the Republicans attacking John Lewis in the hours after his death.  It was intemperate and [Coleman] should’ve realized how it could be misconstrued.” 

She then alleged that Parnell and “the paid trolls in the national Republican party say all kinds of things about us on Twitter.  We don’t complain and the media doesn’t cover it- no should they.” 

Murphy offers no forms of evidence in her belief that republicans pay people to tweet negative things on twitter.

Andrew Brey, a spokesman for Parnell says:

“The tweet comes on the heels of this week’s release of campaign finance data showing that Parnell outraised Lamb nearly 2-1 in the second quarter of 2020.  Parnell raised over $717,000; Lamb raised only $441,393 during the same period.” 

Apparently, Brey is blaming the tweet from Coleman Lamb’s frustration on his little brother not being able to raise similar funds as Parnell.

Lamb contends that the only reason the tweet surfaced had nothing to do initially with the campaign, however, alluded to a tweet posted at 11:45PM on Friday by Sea Strnad

Strnad was apparently upset that the late John Lewis did not back Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Presidential nomination.  Strnad tweeted:

“But as a sellout, [Mr. Lewis] endorsed Joe Biden.  So now, well, he’s not going to miss out on too much, unfortunately.” 

Coleman Lamb responded later to that tweet in which he said:

“You are literally a clown.  You deserve nothing.” 

He then added a few minutes later in a game of ‘I know you are but what am I’ to the tweet, “This is the Trump/[Sean Strnad] campaign.”  Another user responded to Strnad in a tweet “Burn in hell and die.” 

In continuing the childish game and trying to be the protective big brother because the younger Lamb cannot seem to fight his own fights, Coleman Lamb responded asking if Parnell’s name could be added to the burn and hell tweet. 

Baby brother Conor has been in office since March of 2018 after winning a special election when Republican Tim Murphy resigned. 

It’s not the only campaign under fire.  Look at what’s going on with the Biden campaign.

Sara Pearl, a supervising video producer for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign mocked cops as worse than pigs and calls for defunding the police.

Back in June, Pearl tweeted a meme that urged people to stop calling police “pigs”.

She continued with:

 “Pigs are highly intelligent and empathetic animals who would never racially profile you.” 

According to FoxNews, Pearl also retweeted a users comment on her post, which said:

“Pigs are sweet, intelligent, and compassionate. Police officers are monsters who don’t deserve to be called pigs.”

In another tweet, Pearl simply wrote, “#DefundPolice” and then again a few days later said that Buffalo’s police department should be “defunded immediately.”

Back in 2016, after several Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper who, “wanted to kill white people,” Pearl went after the National Rifle Association for tweeting its condolences in the case, but not for any shootings prior to that.

She said:

“Of course they respond to the officers, but not to the previous shootings.”

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According to Breitbart, Pearl joined the Biden campaign on July 1st and she conveniently deleted her anti-police tweets after FoxNews reached out to her for comment. Neither she or the Biden campaign have responded to FoxNews for comments.  Prior to starting with the Biden campaign, Pearl worked with the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Pearl has also tweeted at President Trump saying that comparing the president to a pig was actually an insult to pigs.

Conservatives are surprised that the Biden team has yet to comment on Pearl and her anti-police tweets. On Friday, the Trump campaign released a statement saying:

“Now Biden employs a staffer who uses the most vile, inflammatory, and incendiary language to target the brave men and women who risk their own lives to keep us safe.”

Bob Paduchik, a Trump campaign advisor added:

“How can Joe Biden look in the faces of grieving law enforcement families whose loved ones died in the line of duty? Never in history has a major party campaign so angrily fanned the flames of hatred against our nations heroes.”

In another comment, Richard Grenell, Trump’s former director of national intelligence said:

“Joe Biden can’t stand up to his supporters or staff who are calling to ‘Defund the Police’. Scary!”

Grenell added:

“The Biden campaign didn’t respond when given the chance. Why wouldn’t the Biden campaign immediately say ‘of course we don’t support this!??!”

According to FoxNews, Pearl’s comments came as the Trump campaign has portrayed Biden as weak on policing amid a nationwide movement to “Defund the Police.” Earlier this week, a major law enforcement group endorsed President Trump’s re-election.

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On July 16th, in response to the criticism from the Trump campaign, Democratic National Committee communications director, Xochitl Hinojosa, said on Bill Hemmer Reports:

“Biden does not support defunding the police.”

In contrast, Biden himself said in a recent interview that some funding should absolutely be redirected from police budgets.

In that interview he also stated:

“Police forces don’t need surplus military equipment because it makes them look like ‘the enemy’ in communities.”

Again, in June, Biden attended a high-roller fundraiser headlined by musician John Legend, who has openly promised that he’ll try and push the former vice president toward totally defunding the police and adopting other far-left positions.

On July 15th, the Trump campaign received the endorsement of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), which has since praised his “steadfast and very public support” for law enforcement. NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election, but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then Vice President Bide in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

In a closing comment, when asked how the NAPO endorsement of Trump would impact Biden’s campaign, Hinojosa said:

“I think right now, Joe Biden is making sure that he is someone who is talking directly to Americans about how to keep them safe and making sure we are rebuilding this trust.”

Read the NAPO endorsement letter below:

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This is not the first time Biden staffers have supported the anti-police movement. Back in May, Law Enforcement Today reported that Biden staffers were donating funds to pay rioters bail.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – On one hand, you’ve got President Trump who says he’ll designate Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.

Then you’ve got his likely November opponent, Joe Biden, who has campaign staff advertising the fact that they are making donations to a group which is paying bail fees for those arrested in Minneapolis.

It is safe to say that some of those arrested are members of this domestic terror group.

According to Reuters, at least 13 members of Biden’s campaign staff posted on Twitter over the weekend that they had made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group that opposes the imposition of cash bail, or requiring people to pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment.

This particular group pays bail fees in Minneapolis.

In a statement to Reuters, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates noted that Biden opposes cash bail and says it is the “modern day debtors prison.”

However Biden’s camp refused to answer questions about whether or not the donations were coordinated with Biden’s campaign.

This would seem to indicate that his camp is trying to distance itself from what have been extremely violent protests, which have resulted in hundreds of millions of property damage, as well as leaving hundreds of police officers injured nationwide.

Bates did state that the former vice-president had commented that while the “protesters” have the right to be angry, more violence will not solve the problems of alleged unequal justice.

On Saturday, President Trump’s campaign called it “disturbing” that members of Biden’s team “would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building,” in an email about a story in Reuters that called on Biden to condemn the riots.

Fox News noted that in a statement on Saturday, Biden referred to the riots taking place throughout the country as an “utterly American response,” saying that such actions were “right and necessary” due to how Floyd died while in police custody.

Biden did hedge a bit on the violence and looting saying:

“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It is an utterly American response. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”

President Trump, meanwhile, has called the protesters “thugs,” and on Saturday noted that states and cities needed to get “much tougher” on anti-police protests, or the federal government would step in and use the military to make arrests.

The president also expressed sympathy over the Floyd incident, who died last Monday after being pinned to the ground by a police officer after he was arrested by kneeling on his neck.

During the incident, which was captured on video, the police officer maintained this position for over eight minutes while Floyd complained, “I can’t breathe.” Three other officers on scene did nothing to interfere.

The video went viral, and served as the catalyst for increasingly violent protests, which began in Minneapolis, but which have spread nationwide to virtually every major American city.

In Minneapolis, Gov. Tim Walz said on Saturday that a majority of those arrested in Minnesota were not residents of the state but were out-of-state agitators. It is unknown how many arrests have been made since the onset of the protests.

Aside from Walz, the mayor of Minneapolis and other state officials have agreed with Walz’s assessment. However, citing jail logs, a local Fox affiliate disputed that, saying most have Minnesota addresses.

One of Biden’s campaign staffers, Colleen May, who identified herself as a campaign organizer for Biden in South Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida said in a Twitter post,” It is up to everyone to fight injustice.” She included an image of her receipt for donating $50 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

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