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NYC and other cities to take legal action against Trump administration's 'anarchy' designation

October 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

New York City plans to file a joint complaint Thursday challenging the Trump administration's designation of Democratic-led cities as "anarchist" jurisdictions in hopes of blocking the President's threat to withhold federal funding, according to the city's top lawyer.

(CNN)New York City plans to file a joint complaint Thursday challenging the Trump administration's designation of Democratic-led cities as "anarchist" jurisdictions in hopes of blocking the President's threat to withhold federal funding, according to the city's top lawyer.

In a news conference, New York City Corporation Counsel Jim Johnson said the city is taking legal action now because the Trump administration has taken "concrete steps" and begun including the "anarchist" designation in applications for federal grants.

"There is no basis in law, there is no basis in fact, for this anarchist determination, and yet they are going to use it to determine who does and who does not get federal funding," he said.

The complaint will be filed in Seattle, according to Johnson, who cited the deployment of federal troops in "battledress uniforms in western cities" as his reason why Seattle is the "appropriate" place for the filing.

Last month, President Donald Trump threatened to pull federal funding from major US cities -- all in blue states and led by Democrats -- with ongoing protests, on the unfounded accusation that their leaders are allowing "anarchy, violence, and destruction. " Notably absent from the list are Minneapolis and Kenosha, Wisconsin, which have also seen unrest over the summer but are located in more competitive states as it relates to the presidential election.

Several constitutional law experts previously told CNN that Trump's threat to deny federal funding has little legal backbone.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at Thursday's news conference called Trump's threat a "totally political action" that threatens the lives of New Yorkers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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