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Merkley: Trump Using The Practices Of An Authoritarian Dictatorship On The Streets Of Our Country

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaks with Nicolle Wallace about the presence of federal law enforcement in Portland and Trump’s announcement that agents will be deployed to more cities. “We can pass a law and say that you can protect federal assets, but you have to stay within the perimeter or near-perimeter of that asset,” Merkley said. “You want to put people across the streets or sweeping the streets or anything else, you can’t do that. You would have to have an invitation from a mayor or a governor and they’d have to be identified with where they came from, they’d have to be identified with a unique identifier, it’s going to be held accountable, and you would have to announce to America, how many people are you sending from where and for what purpose.” “All of these things are standard practice of the past,” the Senator said. “They indicate the distinction between how you operate in a republic, we the people republic and how you operate under an authoritarian dictatorship. And right now we have the practices of an authoritarian dictatorship.”

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