Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Tuesday compared anti-racism protesters in Portland to—of all people—Confederate “insurrectionists,” likening the Trump administration’s use of federal agents to Abraham Lincoln defending Fort Sumter.
With unidentified Homeland Security agents roaming the streets of Portland in unmarked vehicles and apprehending protesters, both President Donald Trump and acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf have defended the actions as necessary to protect federal property. And on Monday, the president threatened to send more feds to other cities.
“New York and Chicago and Philadelphia, Detroit, and Baltimore and all of these—Oakland is a mess—we are not going to let this happen in the country, all run by liberal Democrats,” Trump said. “We’re going to have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you.”