WaPo: Trump’s speech encouraging police to be ‘rough,’ annotated by Philip Bump:
On Friday, President Trump traveled to Long Island to address a group of law enforcement officials and speak about the administration’s efforts to eradicate the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. His speech stuck largely to that theme, though he also made note of Thursday night’s failed health-care vote.
Trump’s speech was noteworthy, though, for its embrace of aggressive tactics by police officers. He insisted that his team was “rough” and encouraged police officers not to be concerned about preventing physical harm to people being taken into custody. The laws, he said, were “stacked against” the police.
“Please don’t be too nice,” Trump told the officers, to applause. Below, his comments, as provided by the White House, with our highlights and annotations. To see an annotation, click on the yellow, highlighted text.
The President forgets that in Nwanguma v. Trump, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49013 (W.D.Ky. March 31, 2017), the court held that the plaintiffs stated a claim that he incited a campaign rally to violence that led to the plaintiffs’ assault. Governance by train of thought.