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New Yorkers Share Pics Of ‘Total Anarchy’ After Barr’s DOJ Declares NYC An ‘Anarchist Jurisdiction’


New Yorkers Share Pics Of ‘Total Anarchy’ After Barr’s DOJ Declares NYC An ‘Anarchist Jurisdiction’

The Department of Justice (DOJ) deemed New York City, Portland and Seattle “anarchist jurisdictions” under President Trump’s instructions earlier this month to review federal funding to state and local governments in places where violence or vandalism has occurred during protests this summer.

That memo directed Attorney General William Barr, in consultation with Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, to identify jurisdictions “that have permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract these criminal activities (anarchist jurisdictions).”

On Monday, the Justice Department labeled NYC, Portland and Seattle such areas, though the department said it was still working to identify other jurisdictions that meet criteria outlined in Trump’s memo.

Barr said in a statement accompanying the DOJ’s announcement, “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”

Historian Joanne Freeman explained that New York City isn’t in a state of anarchy, but that isn’t Barr’s point. He and Trump simply want to punish any opposition to the administration.

The “anarchy” designation was news to the millions of New Yorkers who were seen visiting parks and gathering with friends at socially distanced brunches over the weekend.


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