President Trump on Thursday said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks like a “fool” — a day after Inslee responded “that’s news to me” to a question about protesters carving out a police-free zone on a section of Seattle.
During a news conference on Wednesday, Inslee, a former Democratic presidential candidate, was asked about the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.
“Well, that’s news to me. So I’ll have to reserve any comment about it. I have not heard anything about that from any credible source,” the governor said, adding a chuckle.
“Not that you’re not credible, it’s just that I — before I espouse an opinion, I should know of which I speak,” he said, once again snickering.
Trump, who called on Inslee to take action in a series of tweets late Wednesday, included political foe Joe Biden in Thursday’s tweets. urging the former vice president to get out of his basement.
Protesters, angry at the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police department on May 25, have taken over a roughly six-block area in the middle of Seattle that they’ve called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ.
Occupied by demonstrators, free snacks are passed out, films about racial justice are played at night and police are not permitted entry.
On Tuesday, protesters unfurled a banner on the police station in the neighborhood that said “THIS SPACE IS NOW PROPERTY OF THE SEATTLE PEOPLE,” the Seattle Times reported.
Trump, in tweets late Wednesday, referred to the protesters as “domestic terrorists” and gave Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan an ultimatum.
“Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before,” Trump wrote. “Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped [sic] IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”
Later, Trump called for “LAW & ORDER!” saying, “Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by Radical Left Democrats, of course.”
Inslee mocked Trump’s typo, writing, “‘Stoop’ tweeting,” on Twitter.
The protesters released a letter detailing their demands on Tuesday that include dismantling the police force and ending the use of armed force, guns, batons and riot shields, and abolishing the court system, among a list of others.
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