- President Donald Trump approved the murder of a man investigated in connection with the murder of a right-wing activist in Portland, Oregon.
- Trump praised the US marshals for taking care of Michael Forest Reinoehl in 15 minutes.
- "The US marshals killed him and I'll tell you something, it has to be," said Trump, referring to Reinoehl. "There must be retribution for committing a crime like this."
- "We are on track to normalize the execution of suspects before arrest, trial or conviction. It's so serious," tweeted Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
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President Donald Trump has repeatedly celebrated federal law enforcement kill a man is investigated into the murder of a right-wing activist in Portland, Oregon.
"A man who is a bad guy, a bad guy, shot someone in the middle of the street," Trump said at a rally on Sunday evening, referring to Michael Forest Reinoehl, a self-described anti-fascist suspected of killing Aaron Danielson did at a protest in late August. "Nothing happened for two and a half days. I said, 'What's wrong?' We sent the US marshals. It was done in 15 minutes. Okay? 15 minutes."
Trump's comments sparked great cheers from the crowd.
The president suggested that law enforcement should have the power to circumvent due process and kill criminal suspects in order to quell riots in American cities. He added that the local police "could do a great job if they did their job, but they aren't."
In an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro that aired over the weekend, the president also called for illegal "retaliation" against suspected criminals.
"The US marshals killed him and I'll tell you something, that's how it has to be," said Trump, referring to Reinoehl. "There must be retribution for committing a crime like this."
The president's apparent approval of police murders has been widely condemned by his critics.
"So the president admits that federal authorities killed Michael Reinoehl for" retaliation "? We are on our way to normalizing the execution of suspects before arrest, trial or conviction. It's so serious." tweeted Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Some pointed out that Trump's celebration of the murder of an anti-fascist activist comes after a former senior Homeland Security official accused senior DHS officials of manipulating intelligence services to exaggerate the far-right group threat and the far-right threat Group downplaying groups.
"Trump's encouragement of extrajudicial killing comes after a whistleblower described DHS demands to" modify intelligence "to identify Antifa as a domestic terrorist threat," said Michelle Goldberg, a progressive columnist for the New York Times. tweeted. "This is a systematic effort to bring a group of Americans outside of the most basic legal protections."
The US marshals issued a statement stating that Reinoehl was "making a firearm that threatened the lives of police officers" when officers arrested him. The marshals shot Reinoehl, who was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unclear whether Reinoehl shot at law enforcement agencies.
Witnesses at the site of Reinoehl's death reported dramatically different about his murder. An eyewitness said police shot Reinoehl before they gave him a "stop" order and claimed Reinoehl was holding a cell phone, not a gun, when he was killed.
Trump has expressed conflicting feelings when it comes to violence perpetrated by his supporters. The president refused to convict Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old who last month shot dead three protesters targeting Black Lives Matter in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and killed two of them. Rittenhouse was charged with murder.
"I just feel bad for this 17-year-old," said Trump.
Right activists have gone on Celebrate Rittenhouse as a hero for the alleged attempt to protect the city from rioters.
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 14, 2020