Gov. Jay Inslee issued  this reply via his Facebook page, after being blasted by President Trump and others over reportedly not knowing a group of anarchists/rioters had taken over a six block area of Seattle, now being referred to as the "autonomous" zone.

President Trump had issued this Tweet over the situation, after Inslee said it was "news to me" about the takeover when asked by a KOMO TV-Radio reporter.

“Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before,” Trump wrote. “Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped [sic] IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”  (New York Post)

Inslee responded with this message on his Facebook:

"This is a challenging time. Many in our state are expressing heartfelt outrage at the very real racial injustices in our society. We have work to do now and in the future to both advance equity and protect the gains we’ve made.

I spoke with Mayor Durkan and her team about the situation on Capitol Hill. Although the activity is unpermitted, and we should remember we are still in a pandemic, the area is largely peaceful. Peaceful protests are fundamentally American, and I am hopeful there will be a peaceful resolution.

What we will not allow are threats of military violence against Washingtonians coming from the White House. The U.S. military serves to protect Americans, not the fragility of an insecure president.

The Trump administration knows what Washington needs right now - the resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the president wants to show leadership, and that he cares about the people in this state, he should send us the PPE we’ve needed for months."

Critics in the Seattle media, especially KIRO-FM's Dori Monson and KTTH AM''s Todd Herman and Jason Rantz have said Inslee continues to be "tone deaf" to not only issues from COVID with the state's economy, but now this violent dangerous situation.

As of last week, so far, the Seattle Times and various TV stations reporting at least 101 businesses in Seattle have been badly damaged, destroyed or burned.

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