New York, Seattle, Portland to sue over Trump ‘anarchist’ label

The de Blasio administration is joining with Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., to file a lawsuit later Thursday against the Trump administration’s decision to place the Big Apple and other cities on a list of “anarchist jurisdictions” eligible to lose federal funds, the mayor said.

“What we’ve seen from President Trump threatening funding for New York City and other cities … it’s morally wrong. It’s legally unacceptable,” de Blasio said during a City Hall press briefing.

Hizzoner added, “It’s unconstitutional and we’re going to fight it.”

The complaint will be filed in Seattle, said New York City Corporation Counsel James Johnson, who explained that $12 billion is potentially at stake for the Big Apple.

Johnson said the city is taking the action because the Trump administration has “actually taken this anarchist designation and started to include it in applications for federal grants.”

“There is no basis in law, there is no basis in fact for this anarchist determination,” Johnson said. “We will see them in court.”

Johnson continued, “We expect to prevail in court. We expect to see victory.”

De Blasio echoed that confidence.

“We’re not going to let the rights of our court system be trampled,” de Blasio said. “We are confident of victory in this case.”

The Post first reported in September that New York City, Portland and Seattle were labeled “anarchist jurisdictions” by the Justice Department and targeted to lose federal money for failing to control protesters during recent demonstrations against racism and for defunding police.

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