Kansas City mayor: White House 'dogwhistles' give city residents 'grave concerns' about federal presence

Kansas City mayor: White House 'dogwhistles' give city residents 'grave concerns' about federal presence
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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas (D) said Sunday that while U.S. cities would welcome the presence of federal agents to help clear unsolved murders, White House rhetoric created the impression it was intended to boost President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE’s electoral chances.

“I was pretty frustrated this week [that] the president mentioned the George Floyd protests, mentioned the Black Lives Matter movement” with regard to increases in violent crime, Lucas said on “Fox News Sunday.” “That is not the case in Kansas City, we’ve had year over year increases [but] what we need help on is actually clearing some of the unsolved murders.”

“Let’s try to have a pinpointed and targeted focus on solving murders,” Lucas added. “I think if you listen to recent statements… we are happy to work with federal agents in a limited scope.”

However, he added, due to the White House’s “dogwhistles,” including rhetoric about cities having “failed,” numerous city residents “have grave concerns about the nature” of the federal presence.

The focus, he added, should be on those unsolved murders “instead of using this as a moment to create divisive rhetoric that I think is being exploited for the purposes of the presidential election.”

Host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceOvernight Defense: Appeals court rules male-only draft is constitutional | Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' post-election debate Chris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' debate over potential military involvement in any post-election dispute MORE pushed back that in Portland, Ore., federal police were deployed to protect a federal courthouse, to which Lucas said that while that might be their official mandate, they are “taking part in broad based police activity and riot control.”

“What we don’t need is more fuel on the fire from federal agents to make I think an exciting political issue,” he added, contrasting the federal presence with the Tea Party movement’s emphasis on “powers reserved to states and localities.”