Is Trump an anarchist

US President Donald Trump has laid the foundation stone for the "anarchist" cities ruled by Democrats to turn off the money faucet from Washington. Trump instructed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday to draw up a list of cities and states that allow "anarchy, violence and destruction" within 14 days. Recommendations should then be available no later than 30 days as to how far subsidies from the federal budget to them can be stopped. For the regions it is about billions of dollars.

In his memorandum, Trump specifically mentioned Seattle, Portland, the capital Washington and New York - all democratically governed cities. There had been protests against racism and police violence in Washington, some of which turned into rioting. In Seattle in June, protesters had an "autonomous zone" that the police left for several weeks. Demonstrations in Portland have been going on for around three months. The main trigger for the protests was the death of the African American George Floyd as a result of police violence. In the case of New York, Trump cites an increase in crime, which he attributes to a cut in police funding.

In his analysis, Barr should consider, among other things, whether the police will be prevented from restoring order in the event of violence or destruction - as well as whether the police's funding will be cut.

Trump had made violence on the sidelines of protests - especially in Democratic-ruled cities - a central issue in his election campaign. The guiding principle is that if Democratic challenger Joe Biden wins, no one in America will be safe. Meanwhile, Trump promises "law and order". At the same time, he refuses to condemn violence by his supporters. (dpa)