NYC, Seattle, Portland to Sue Trump Admin Over ‘Anarchist’ Designation

New York City is joining Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, in suing the Trump administration over its decision to place the three cities on a list of “anarchist jurisdictions” that could have their federal funding withheld. Mayor Bill de Blasio said during an Oct. 22 press briefing that the complaint would be filed later that day in Seattle, blaming President Donald Trump for undermining the cities’ efforts to help their residents hit by hardships related to the pandemic. “It’s morally wrong. It’s legally unacceptable. It’s unconstitutional, and we’re going to fight it,” de Blasio said. “If the Trump administration persisted in trying to illegally take away from New York City, we will take them to court.” On Sept. 21, U.S. Attorney General William Barr designated New York City, Seattle, and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” under a directive issued by Trump earlier that month. Designated cities could lose their federal funding …