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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked Monday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” if President Donald Trump was planning to intervene in Seattle.
Democratic leadership at the state and city level have allowed anarchists and hard-left revolutionaries to control a six-block “no cop” section of downtown Seattle, with police having to enter in force to access the area.
Attorney General Bill Barr said during an appearance Sunday on Fox News that the federal government was keeping an eye on the situation, adding “we may have to do something about it — we can’t let it go on indefinitely.”
When asked about Barr’s remarks, McEnany said the president is “waiting on a call from the derelict governor,” which is Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.
“And I’m using that word, calling him derelict — the governor of Washington failing at his job to secure his state,” she said. “Governors and mayors have the police power, it’s up to them to secure their streets and what we’ve seen so far is absolutely excusable inaction from the governor there.”
During his rally Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla., Trump said federal agents would have the area secure “in under an hour.”
The press secretary pointed out that someone died over the weekend after being shot in the “lawless area” now being called CHOP, which stands for Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.
“This is what happens when police are not around, when they have to withdraw from an area and when radical leftist anarchists take over,” McEnany said. “It’s inexcusable and it’s time for the governors to act.”
Fox News host Steve Doocy noted that the issue makes for a ready campaign issue for Trump, who can draw a contrast between his stance for law and order and the Democratic Party calling to defund and dismantle police departments.
“That’s exactly right, it’s a contrast because it’s not just Seattle,” McEnany replied. “It’s these Democrat-run cities and in some cases states. Look at Minneapolis for instance, the lawlessness we’ve seen there, 11 people shot over the weekend, and one individual, a father, a young father losing his life and it’s father’s day weekend. This is a tragedy.”
She also named the violence seen in Chicago, where 11 people were killed over the weekend.
“We need law and order in our streets,” McEnany stated. “What we saw is when the president took over and surged the National Guard here in Washington D.C., it was peace that Monday night, compared to the absolute chaos we saw on Sunday night, when Mayor [Muriel] Bowser was in charge of the streets.”
While the media continues to run cover for Democrats in Seattle, painting a quaint picture of a peaceful block party, conservative journalist Andy Ngo reported on what is really taking place there.
In an article published by Fox News, Ngo wrote, “During five undercover days and nights in the zone, I witnessed a continuing experiment in anarchy, chaos and brute-force criminality.”
He referenced the shooting McEnany took note of.
“On Saturday morning, a shooting erupted that left at least one person dead and another injured near a border checkpoint. Police were reportedly met with resistance when they tried to get to the victims, who apparently were then taken in private cars to the hospital,” Ngo said.
According to Ngo, Seattle police arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a deaf woman who was lured inside a tent — the man was arrested after leaving CHOP.
Ngo’s Twitter feed is filled with videos such as the one seen below capturing what he said was another shooting in the lawless area.
The journalist appeared on Fox News to say that while the autonomous zone is largely peaceful during the day, it takes on a different vibe during the night when the criminal element comes out.
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