Duckworth slams 'disgusting' Trump threat to send federal law enforcement to Chicago: 'Don't even think about it'

Duckworth slams 'disgusting' Trump threat to send federal law enforcement to Chicago: 'Don't even think about it'
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies John Fogerty: 'Confounding' that Trump campaign played 'Fortunate Son' at rally MORE (D-Ill.) on Tuesday excoriated President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE’s threats to send the federal officers dispatched to Portland, Ore., to Chicago, calling the ultimatum “disgusting.”

“My answer to him is don’t even think about it,” Duckworth, a combat veteran who lost both legs in Iraq, said on CNN Tuesday. “This is disgusting, and it is the further politicization of our institutions, which should be nonpartisan. He did it with the military when he sent National Guard troops against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square [in Washington, D.C.], and now he’s done it in Portland and he’s coming to Chicago. Don’t even think about it.”

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The Illinois senator, a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE, said that if the president was seeking to take action against the uptick in violence several cities have seen in recent weeks, he should address congressional Democrats’ gun safety proposals, including stricter background checks and crackdowns on so-called straw purchases.

“You want to do something? Call [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Senate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes MORE, have that vote, it would pass,” she said.

Asked whether she was concerned about Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) demand that the president not deploy forces to the city, Duckworth responded: “Of course I’m worried, but this is what this president does. He has overreached his authority.”

The forces Trump had threatened to deploy to Chicago and other cities, Duckworth continued, are “not even coming to work on gun violence,” saying she was particularly concerned about reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel would be among those deployed to Chicago.

“It is wrong, and I’m going to work very hard to stop him.”