President Donald Trump was not politically correct addressing sanctuary city Mayor Libby Schaaf. He called her alerting illegal immigrants of an impending ICE raid last week a “disgrace.”
Naturally, Schaaf will take this as a badge of honor, but the repercussions to her city and her personally could be extensive. No one in Washington doubts Trump has ordered his attorney general to look into federal action against the liberal mayor.
Prior to a cabinet meeting on Thursday, Trump said:
What the mayor of Oakland did the other day was a disgrace. They [ICE agents] had close to 1,000 people ready to be gotten, ready to be taken off the streets, they say 85 percent of them are criminals and had criminal records. And the mayor of Oakland went out and warned them, scattered, so instead of taking in a thousand they took in a fraction of that.
This may bolster Schaaf’s political image within the confines of Oakland, but the sword of the federal government now hangs over her “progressive” head. In fact, Trump echoed the sentiments of his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling California sanctuary city policies “radical.”
It is not coincidental the Justice Department filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state over its sanctuary laws. Trump said, “They [ICE agents] were all set, this was long in the planning and she said get out of here and she’s telling that to criminals. And it’s certainly something we are looking at with respect to her individually.”
The country is beginning to understand that President Trump is a man of his word. On issue after issue, his campaign promises are being fulfilled, including budget cuts, deregulation and the elimination of ISIS. For Schaaf to think this will be different is whistling in the wind. Her liberal friends will be defenseless against the federal government’s power and endless resources.
She should heed Trump’s words, “What [Schaaf] did is incredible and very dangerous from the standpoint of ICE and border patrol. Very dangerous. She really made law enforcement much more dangerous than it had to be. So we are looking at that situation very carefully.”