President Trump says "domestic terrorists" have taken over Seattle

Jun 11 2020, 6:11 pm

President Donald Trump shared a series of tweets on Wednesday evening in response to the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a six-block space in Seattle with no current police presence.

Trump’s first tweet called Washington Governor Jay Inslee a “radical left governor” who was being “taunted and played” along with Mayor Jenny Durkan. He also threatened that he would “take back the city” if the pair don’t act immediately.

In his second tweet, Trump called the demonstrators “domestic terrorists.”

Both Mayor Durkan and Governor Inslee responded, essentially telling him to mind his own business.

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone has kept peaceful since its inception on June 8 and continues to be a police-free area for protesters to gather.

The area was created after days of violent protests when the Seattle Police Department packed up their stuff, removed their barricades, and left the protesters to police themselves.

Since removing the officers from the East Precinct, the area has become a site of peaceful protests. On Twitter, the name Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone was thrown around and has stuck, often being referred to simply as CHAZ.

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