Cities Sue Trump Admin Over “Anarchist” Designations

Politico reports:

New York and its fellow cities branded anarchist jurisdictions by the Trump administration will file a lawsuit Thursday challenging a move to pull their federal funds. The Justice Department last month slapped the label on New York, Seattle, and Portland, saying they could lose federal funding because the administration believes they have failed to rein in “violence and destruction of property” on their streets.

The “anarchist jurisdiction” designation came after Trump ordered the DOJ to identify cities that, in his view, were not responding aggressively enough to protests and crime — amid a larger rhetorical attack on blue states the president has deemed politically unsupportive. The three cities will file a joint complaint in Seattle Thursday seeking to block the move. New York City stands to lose as much as $12 billion if the threat were fully implemented.