We are living in some bizarre times, that’s for sure, and things are seemingly taking yet another turn toward the absurd this week in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Or, more accurately, things are taking a turn toward the absurd in the “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone”, Washington, not USA.
The strange designation comes as protesters seized on the abandonment of the 13th police precinct in the city of Seattle, cordoning off about six city blocks around it and declaring themselves no longer part of the United States. This has been the situation for several days and nights now, as the alleged “anarchists” attempt to keep the “no cop co-op” alive, despite pressure from all sides.
President Trump has even weighed in, stating that the city’s leadership will need to step in to put an end to the pseudo-secession. If not, Trump spoke of using federal resources to bring the situation under control.
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That didn’t sit well with Washington Governor Jay Inslee and others.
“Take back your city NOW,” Mr Trump wrote on Thursday. “If you don’t do it, I will.”
In another tweet, he said “Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle”, saying Washington Governor Jay Inslee was “looking ‘the fool'”.
Mr Inslee tweeted back: “A man who is totally incapable of governing should stay out of Washington state’s business.”
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan defended the right to protest and told President Trump: “Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker.”
“The threat to invade Seattle, to divide and incite violence in our city, is not only unwelcome, it would be illegal,” she added.
Legally speaking, it is well understood that it would take the invocation of the insurrection act in order to have President Trump send federal forces into an American city – something that hasn’t been done since 1992.
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