The editors of the Washington Post are outraged over President Trump’s behavior:
Mr. Trump’s dog whistles and bullhorn blasts help ensure that police will remain unaccountable — rarely indicted when they kill unarmed people; frequently cleared when they are disciplined; often reinstated when they are fired for misconduct. They suggest there will be no change in racial profiling or unjustified officer-involved killings. Having torn up his predecessor’s blueprint, Mr. Trump now has nothing to offer — no prescriptions, no healing and no vision beyond a status quo many Americans abhor. In reality, his slogans and impulses signal a disrespect for law, and path away from order.
Okay, I get it. The editors don’t like Trump and think his approach is counter-productive. New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Spokane, and many American cities experienced looting and destruction again last night. What do they propose?
I also think that President Trump is over-estimating his authority under the Posse Comitatus and Insurrection Acts. In short, there’s little he can do legally unless asked for help by the legislature of a state or the state’s governor if the legislature is unable to act.