VIC COLUMN: The Law and Order FBI, and Justice
NOW THAT’S MORE LIKE IT - The FBI and the United States Department of Justice, taking down right-wing extremists.
When federal forces from the Department of Homeland Security arrived in Portland to defend a federal courthouse there, I said their time could be better spent infiltrating the left-wing and right-wing extremists who nearly have created a racial conflict in the United States.
The feds did not do that in Oregon. They did do that in Michigan. For that, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice deserve the praise of the American public. Agents foiled a right-wing plot to kidnap and kill the Governor of Michigan, and a plot against the governor of Virginia.
As far as I know, there has been no corresponding plot from the left-wing extremists.
For her part, Gov. Whitmer is very angry that President Trump and US Attorney General William Barr have not strongly denounced right-wing anarchists. She told “Good Morning America”:
"(The president) clearly didn't pay attention to what I said yesterday. I started with acknowledging the incredible work of the FBI and our state police. This was an unprecedented operation and they worked and put themselves on the line to keep me and my family safe, and we are incredibly grateful. A decent human being would pick up the phone and say, 'Are you ok? How's your family doing?'. That's what Joe Biden did. And I think it tells you everything you need to know about the character of the two people that are vying to lead our country for the next four years."
Biden is Trump’s Democratic challenger for the office of President of the United States.
By coincidence to President Trump running a “law and order” campaign, the State Law Enforcement Division of South Carolina on Oct. 12 released the state’s crime statistics -- 23 days before Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. The 2019 statistics can be used to make the case for “lawlessness” in South Carolina.
They show a 6.7% increase in the murder rate, a 4% increase in the aggravated assault rate, and a 20% increase in the law enforcement officers’ assaulted rate.
The president has no re-election worries in South Carolina.
But you need to realize that Trump ally, Gov. Henry McMaster, owes his current position to the sitting president -- McMaster was named governor when Trump appointed then-Gov. Nikki Haley to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a position she has since departed to live in private life. Haley and SC junior senator Tim Scott are taking a prominent role in TV ad endorsements of the senior senator Lindsey Graham, who is in the fight of his life, politically.
Graham is having to take some time away from the SC political scene to run the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, a district court judge, to the United States Supreme Court. He had the honor of "questioning" the nominee first. Graham declined to take a covid test when he was scheduled to debate Jaime Harrison, despite his close contact with President Trump, who doctors say contracted and recovered from COVID-19 after a miraculous four days in the hospital.
They had sit-down interviews instead.
A positive covid test for Graham would have been very inconvenient for Republicans as the Barrett hearings began on Oct. 12. They want her nomination confirmed before Nov. 3.
Graham is trying desperately to hang that tired, old “Defund the Police” label on Harrison, in his bid to get re-elected. That is not an official Harrison position, by the way. His campaign counters with a TV ad featuring a retired Columbia police officer disputing Senator Graham's "soft on crime" accusation (Graham and Harrison will debate on SC ETV this Friday night).
So, the upshot of all this, expect to see a lot more about “law and order” as the United States Elections wind down - and, we encourage everyone TO VOTE on Tuesday.
(Vic MacDonald is editor of The Clinton Chronicle. He has voted in all Presidential elections going back to McGovern-Nixon. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. MacDonald can be reached at 833-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org)