Memphis Lawmakers: Don’t Provide Trump With Security
President Trump may have to bring his own security when he arrives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Two members of the Memphis City Council – which is controlled by progressive Democrats – are urging the police department not to provide security for the president’s upcoming visit.
President Trump is scheduled to speak at the American Freedom Tour — in nearby Southaven, Mississippi.
City Councilmen J.B. Smiley and Martavius Jones are backing a resolution saying taxpayers should not foot the bill for the president’s security escort.
“As we know, the Memphis Police Department is already experiencing a shortage of officers to patrol our communities,” Smiley wrote in a statement. “I do not believe that it is a prudent use of police manpower and Memphians’ taxpayer dollars to escort the former president to an event in Mississippi.”
I’m amazing that Councilman Smiley was able to write that without cracking up. He’s one of the loudest critics of the Memphis Police Department on the city council. And the reason why there is a shortage is because of policies implemented by the radical leftists at City Hall.
So @jbsmileyjr and @I_am_Martavius wrote a resolution urging @MEM_PoliceDept not to provide a security escort for President Trump. Would they do the same thing if @BarackObama to town? The answer will determine if this is about politics — or something else (ahem).— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 2, 2022
The city council won’t even provide basic security for folks who actually live and work here. So we’re supposed to be surprised when they want to treat the president like they treat the rest of us?
Ultimately, this is nothing more than cheap, political posturing by a pair of Maxine Waters-styled grifters infected with an untreatable case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Do you think for one minute that Mr. Smiley and Mr. Jones would object to providing a security detail to former President Barack Hussein Obama?
American Freedom Tour spokesman Larry Ward issued a statement to television station WREG condemning the Memphis City Council, calling the resolution outrageous and mean-spirited.
It is outrageous for them to even consider endangering the life of a former President of the United States for the most mean-spirited, partisan and penurious political reasons. Perhaps the Memphis City Council should consult with the good members of the Memphis Police Department about withholding security for President Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States. I am not sure they would agree with the Memphis City Council’s proposal, as protecting presidents is and has always been an unambiguous national security priority.WREG-TV
The Commercial Appeal reports that Memphis police have not been asked to provide security for the president’s visit.
That being said, I’m sure there are plenty of gun-toting Ultra-MAGA Deplorables in Memphis who’d be more than willing to volunteer to protect President Trump.