“Take Back Control Now”: Trump Engages With Seattle Authorities Over Protests

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Washington state authorities have withdrawn from their posts and are giving way to protests in Seattle and other cities in front of police stations. Trump demands on Twitter the mayor of the city and the ruler of the state to regain control, and this is the response he has received.

Recent tweets by Donald Trump in a threatening tone once again provoke controversy. The US president has been tough on Washington state officials Jenny Durkan and Jay Inslee, whom protesters, he believes, are making fun of.

“Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by Radical Left Democrats, of course. LAW & ORDER!” Reads the tweet.

The politician is concerned about protests that have reached the nerve centre of power in the city of Seattle and that show no signs of going out. A group of protesters have put up barricades at various points in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood, very close to the East Police station.

As you can read in the tweet, Trump goes on to brand some participants as “ugly anarchists.” It is a situation that makes him very uneasy, and that is why he has urged in another tweet the two officials to regain control of the city: “If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game,” he concludes.

And it is that the authorities of the municipality, in the face of persistent altercations and a considerable escalation of tension, have chosen to relax the environment by bricking up and leaving the police station, which has led to the concentrations continuing without police supervision. However, in the last protest actions, there were only peaceful speeches and there was no vandalism.

In this context, both the mayor of Seattle and the governor of the state of Washington have chosen to stand up to the president of their country, also via Twitter:

“Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan, referring to the events of May 29, which accompanied her response with the Black Lives Matter hashtag.

Harder was the ruler of the state of Washington: “A man who is totally incapable of governing should stay out of Washington state’s business,” Inslee tells Trump, who he invites to stop tweeting.

Right now, protests are a reality that is widespread throughout the United States, but those in the Pacific Northwest region are the most worrying for the federal government.

In Seattle, for example, members of the City Council are actively participating in the movement, with figures such as the politician of the Socialist Alternative socialist party, Kshama Sawant, who led a group of protesters to the same city hall to hold an impromptu meeting at their inside. In Portland, Oregon, the Chief of Police has resigned.