Shevrin Jones wants to keep federal ‘stormtroopers’ out of Florida

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Jones criticized Donald Trump's deployment of federal troops in Portland and wants the Governor to do the same.

Rep. Shevrin Jones is hammering President Donald Trump for deploying federal troops to Portland against local officials’ wishes and is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep them out of Florida.

In a Friday statement, Jones analogized those troops to Nazi paramilitary forces.

“It is deeply disturbing to witness the Trump Administration’s continued abuse of the presidency and violation of Americans’ rights,” Jones said, referencing the situation in Portland.

“He is now threatening to deploy his stormtroopers to other American cities, including Chicago, Albuquerque, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, and Oakland, and it could be any city — including one of ours — next.”

Protests over George Floyd‘s death in Minneapolis spread across the country but have mostly died down since. That’s not the case in Portland. Federal officials such as Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf have argued federal troops are required to protect federal property in the city.

The claims appear dubious to many legal experts who have criticized the feds for sending in troops without explicit consent from Portland or Oregon officials. Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice Inspector General, is now conducting a review of the use of force by federal troops in Portland.

Trump has also threatened to send troops to other cities experiencing unrest. Though Florida is not currently experiencing major unrest, Jones argues DeSantis should reject such an offer should it arise.

“Where will Gov. DeSantis be if, or worse when, Trump decides to send his stormtroopers to urban centers in Florida?” Jones asked.

“I call on him to protect our people and bar Trump’s authoritarianism from descending upon Florida communities. Millions of Floridians’ civil rights and safety hang in the balance.”

Jones — who is competing for the Senate District 35 seat due to term limits in the House — argued DeSantis has fallen short during the COVID-19 outbreak due to his alliance with Trump.

“It was the Governor’s allegiance to the White House and his regurgitation of their dangerous propaganda that has already led to the preventable deaths of over 5,500 Floridians,” Jones asserted. “His disappointing handling and mismanagement of the ongoing public health crisis only underscores the need for Gov. DeSantis to speak out at this moment.”

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


4 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Gestapo crimes are not law and order. Traitor trump! Putin loving scum traitor trump is to afraid to confront Putin on the bounty on our troops! Trump is the most filthy vile perverted old white man! Trump stink from Epstein and the pedophile Maxwell permeates even his twitter feed ! NDA on the trump rape of 14 year old girl is going to be shared by pedophile Maxwell!

  • martin

    July 24, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Wrong, Jones. Lucky for our state we have no spineless, communist mayors, or a spineless Gov. If we did, we would welcome the Feds with open arms.

    The vast silent majority is sick and tired of watching our cities and urban areas degenerate into Mogadishu 2.0

    WE wil vote in overwhelming numbers in Nov, assuring another 4 years of President Trump!

    • DisplacedCTYankee

      July 25, 2020 at 7:07 am

      You may have been a “vast silent majority” 50 years ago, but no more.

  • Craig

    July 24, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Go back and get some vaseline shev. Nobody cares what your Racist animal behind says.

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