About Those Costumed Soldiers in Portland
About Those Costumed Soldiers in Portland
Lucian Truscott, IV, a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson, has written a column for Salon.com in which he denigrates President Donald Trump, but that’s par for the course, right? What’s galling about his column is the condescension and derision he heaps upon the agents from the Department of Homeland Security sent in to secure Federal property. He derides them as Halloween costumed soldiers.
Truscott is a gadfly with a particular hatred for military service. Read his Salon.com biography and see that he is proud of his negativity:
Lucian K. Truscott IV, a graduate of West Point, has had a 50-year career as a journalist, novelist and screenwriter. He has covered stories such as Watergate, the Stonewall riots and wars in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the author of five bestselling novels and several unsuccessful motion pictures. He has three children, lives on the East End of Long Island and spends his time Worrying About the State of Our Nation and madly scribbling in a so-far fruitless attempt to Make Things Better. He can be followed on Facebook at The Rabbit Hole and on Twitter @LucianKTruscott.
As a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson, Truscott wants the Jefferson Memorial to be removed, and his hatred for Donald Trump is galactic. This tweet explains it all:
The bounty should be on Trump's head (metaphorically speaking) https://t.co/flOb9mDrwF
— Lucian K Truscott IV (@LucianKTruscott) July 4, 2020
Thomas Jefferson is dead and cannot explain to his direct descendant that his own words in the Declaration of Independence paved the way for the end to slavery in the United States of America:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Donald Trump is quite capable of handling the criticism of Truscott.
When you combine Truscott’s dismissal of history, hatred for the Orange Man Bad, and disdain for the military, it comes as no shock that he would call the Department of Homeland Security officers in Portland “costumed soldiers”. His article, “Mail order macho: The cheap Halloween costuming of Donald Trump’s toy fascism”, contains the following paragraphs:
How do you create an intimidating army out of a bunch of civil servants whose previous experience in law enforcement has been locking up little kids and their moms along the border and frisking traveling salespersons at airports for bottles containing more than three ounces of shampoo?
Drape them in plenty of camo, of course. Give them a budget and turn them loose on the internet to visit sites like TacticalGear.com, where you can buy everything from a Condor Three-Fold Mag Recovery Pouch to High Speed Gear Taco Kydex handcuff pouches to Blackhawk Highstorm Advanced Tactical Elbow Pads V2 to a Condor Open Top M4 Mag Pouch to a Safariland Quick Release Leg Strap SLS Tactical Thigh Holster to a Hazard 4 Small ID Window Patch.
It’s hard having to tell a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson that he is ill-informed about his subject matter, but I am just the broad to do it.
These are not the TSA agents who were wanding you last week at Kennedy Airport. Nope, sorry. A little research would have led you, Mr. Truscott to the following information:
Some of the agents on the ground in Portland, far from being costumed soldiers, are members of the Federal Protective Service, and are charged with providing “security and law enforcement services to federally owned and leased buildings.” At the request of the Federal Protective Service, BorTac, the special border patrol agents are assisting with the protection of Federal properties in Portland that are under threat.
The President, any U.S. President, is obligated to enforce the law. After rioters broke through a fence and lit fires at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, the President had no choice but to send the costumed soldiers in to stop the damage. This is the view of Michael Mukasey, former United States Attorney General.
Truscott also accuses Trump of wanting to go to war against the Black Lives Matters protesters in this sentence – ” He hasn’t been able to “go to war” with the army he wants against Black Lives Matter protesters — because his real army has refused to take the battlefield.”
His “real” Army has other things to handle. This battle is properly assigned to the Federal Protective Service. And, it’s not against the Black Lives Matters protesters. The Black Lives Matters protesters are not destroying Federal property. For months, there has been much reporting about the day protesters and the night rioters.
Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner has complained about the night rioters being the definition of “white privilege”. From his NPR interview:
What I mean is we talk about white privilege in America and how it’s different from people of color, how they believe that they can damage property and get away with it and not be held accountable; there are no consequences for that. That’s what I meant, because most of the people who are rioting also that we see out here are white. …
This was also quite noticeable in the White House video presented by Kayleigh McEnany on Friday:
I hate to have to tell a West Point graduate who is also a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson that he doesn’t know his backside from a hole in the ground, but he doesn’t. Truscott calls our Federal officers Halloween costumed soldiers without doing any basic internet research. He engages in invective, bias confirmation and, like most Leftists, just flat lies.
Since Truscott was released from his Army contract “under less than honorable conditions”, he should at least thank these agents for their service.