President Trump confirmed on Thursday that despite pushback from some in his own administration, the federal government will step in to control the chaos in Seattle if Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) does not do it himself.
Radicals have taken over a roughly six-block section of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, barring entry of anyone that armed guards patrolling the perimeter deem an “outsider” — That very emphatically includes law enforcement officers.
Reports about what’s actually happening inside the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” are scarce as well, because the “police-free” zone is heavily guarded by guards that won’t allow journalists not aligned with radical organizers inside the walls of the compound.
However, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said on Thursday that 911 calls from within the zone have “more than tripled” since the establishment of the zone on Monday. “These are responses to emergency calls — rapes, robberies, and all sorts of violent acts that have been occurring in the area that we’re not able to get to,” Best said.
Best has not been backed up by Inslee or Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D). When asked about how long she would allow the radical takeover in her city, Durkan responded: “I don’t know. We could have a summer of love!”
Trump has maintained that he will allow local leaders to handle the situation as long as he can, urging Inslee to call in the national guard, but warned that if action is not taken, he will have to take matters into his own hands.
“If there were more toughness, you wouldn’t have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis and in Seattle,” Trump said during a Thursday interview on Fox. “I mean, let’s see what’s going on in Seattle. But I will tell you if they don’t straighten that situation out, we’re going to straighten it out.”
What I mean is very simple, we’re not going to let Seattle be occupied by anarchists. … If we have to go in, we’re going to go in. The governor’s either going to do it, let the governor do it, he’s got great National Guard troops, he’ll — he can do it. But one way or the other, it’s going to get done. These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a great city.
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