President Trump deployed a brutal tactic last week — using secret paramilitary troops to quell civil unrest in Portland, Oregon.
Federal agents have dispersed crowds in downtown with tear gas, rubber bullets and sonic waves. Trump says his troops mean no harm.
“We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it,” Trump tweeted. “Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, they are the real deal!”
As Trump’s forces tear gassed moms and beat up a Navy vet, the Department of Defense issued new guidelines that exclude rebel and LGBT Pride flags.
“Banning the Confederate flag from military installations was long overdue,” tweeted former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic party nominee. “Banning the LGBTQ Pride flag — the very symbol of diversity and inclusion — is undeniably wrong. The Pentagon should ensure it is authorized, or as President, I will.”
Ex-Naval intelligence officer Pete Buttigieg, a gay man who campaigned for the Democratic nomination, agreed with Biden: “When I was preparing to come out, I saw a Pride display on a military base where I was serving — a reminder that my service would now be treated equally.”
“Words cannot describe how wrongheaded it is to compare this to a Confederate flag,” tweeted the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Meanwhile, during a July 13 briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump “has a great record when it comes to the LGBT community.” McEnany cited global efforts to decriminalize homosexuality while easing the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men to plans to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
“We’re very proud of our achievements,” McEnany said.