She did not hold back.
During a press briefing, Kayleigh McEnany stated that 40 U.S. Code 1315 gave the Department of Homeland Security to act lawfully in Portland.
A reporter, Jon Karl had asked, “Where in the Constitution does the president derive the authority to send federal law enforcement officers to the streets of American cities against the will of the elected officials in those cities?”
McEnany responded saying, “They can be deputized for the duty, in connection to the protection of property owned or occupied by the federal government and persons on that property. When a federal courthouse is being lit on fire and commercial fireworks being shot at it, being shot at the officers I think that falls pretty well within the limits of 40 U.S. Code 1315.”
To further solidify the law enforcement being sent to protect the streets, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf tweeted:
Let’s get this right. “Protestors” imply they were peacefully exercising their 1st amendment rights. Instead, DHS officers were assaulted with lasers and frozen water bottles from violent criminals attempting to tear down federal property. 2 officers were injured. Facts matter. https://t.co/U2CdAT0c9G
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 17, 2020
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