Wtf is Trump’s Operation Legend Program?
This week, protests in Oregon were disturbed by federal troops who targeted demonstrators who were protesting against racial injustice and police brutality. The federal troops were put into action after people tried to break into the courthouse.
After this incident, the federal security forces clubbed demonstrators and deployed tear-gas. After the surge of federal troops, protestors (including the Mayor, Ted Wheeler) went to the courthouse to demand federal agents to withdraw from the city.
TRUMP’S OPERATION LEGEND PROGRAM.
This surge of federal troops in cities like Portland came a few days after President Trump announced his plan to send agents to several cities to crack down on violent crime. The so-called “Operation Legend” program aims for federal law enforcement to assist local police in combatting crime.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
Initially, many mayors welcomed the program in which troops would assist the local police in establishing public safety. However, these feelings quickly changed after the Oregon incident as many mayors condemned the unnecessary military-style intervention into the protest, which some claimed to be authoritarian. Critics say that Trump is using this program as a political tactic for re-election. Some claim that this is a strategy in which Trump’s law and order approach is aimed to resonate with his political base.
FUN FACT. .
With the November elections coming up, Trump’s approval ratings are at an all-time low due to his poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.