Black Lives Matter marchers in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center, Portland, Oregon, July 20, 2020 (Nathan Howard/Getty)
Lagging behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the polls, Donald Trump has dispatched Homeland Security officers to Portland, Oregon, where they have beaten and detained Black Lives Matter marchers — and threatened to send federal forces into other cities.
Speaking with Turkey’s TRT World and London’s Monocle 24, I explain Trump’s motive and assess whether his attempt to seize, and arguably abuse, extraordinary power will succeed.
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Donald Trump is trying to create a Reichstag Fire moment.
But Portland is not a Reichstag Fire. And the man in Germany stoked confrontation more effectively in the 1930s for his political future than Donald Trump will for his.