Portland sheds 'anarchist jurisdiction' label, Biden orders
Anarchy in the Rose City is officially over.
The top-down decision to formally rescind the "anarchist jurisdiction" label stuck to Portland, Seattle and New York by former President Donald Trump was announced by the new boss, President Joe Biden, in an executive order promulgated on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Local officials including Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler were pleased with the news.
"It's great to have a partner in the federal government instead of an opponent," said Jim Middaugh, a spokesman for the mayor. "It's time to move forward with the federal government towards the recovery every Portlander wants and needs."
Biden's ruling revoked several executive orders, including a Sept. 2 memorandum issued by Trump's Department of Justice, with the wordy title "Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients of Federal Funds That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities."
All three cities later sued in federal court, fearing the potential for federal funds to be cut off due to their citizens' purportedly lawless ways.
Trump's DOJ had cited the city's 100 plus nights of continual protests as evidence of the jurisdiction's descent into anarchy, though in truth the impact of demonstrations was largely concentrated to a few square blocks of downtown.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki hinted in early February that the Biden administration would be "charting our own path" regarding the anarchy designation, the New York Post reported.
As recently as Feb. 23, lawyers for Biden in the Western District of Washington had been granted an extension "to afford these officials sufficient time to become familiar with the issues in this case," per court docs — though that appears to be a mute point now.
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