Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and President Donald Trump have been trading blows on Twitter over the Democrat's handling of protests in the city.
Protesters have reportedly created a police-free 'autonomous zone' in the city amid national protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. Protesters claimed the area, called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, after police abandoned their station in the east precinct.
According to The Guardian, the area is mostly peaceful and "has both a protest and street fair vibe, with a small garden, medic station, smoking area, and a 'No Cop Co-op,' where people can get supplies and food at no cost."
However, Fox News reports that police have heard about "anecdotal" incidents of "citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, President Donald Trump responded to these reports by claiming that "anarchists" had taken over the city.
In a since-deleted tweet, in which President Trump made a spelling mistake, President 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!"
Governor Inslee responded to the president's tweet with his own, writing: "A man who is totally incapable of governing should stay out of Washington state’s business. 'Stoop' tweeting."
Though Mayor Durkan's response is getting the most attention after she tweeted: "Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker."
On May 29, President Donald Trump and his family were taken to the White House bunker as protests raged outside the White House. President Trump suggested that he had visited the bunker for an "inspection."
Attorney General William Barr, however, seemed to contradict this claim, telling Fox News: "Things were so bad that the Secret Service recommended that the President go down to the bunker. We can't have that in our country. And so the decision was made. We had to move the perimeter one block. And that was what we were doing (on June 1)."
"I went down during the day, and I was there for a tiny little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection, there was no problem during the day," President Trump had earlier claimed. "They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you're going to need it. I looked at it. It was during the day. It was not a problem ... There was never a problem."
President Trump responded to the mayor's attack in a later tweet, writing: "Radical Left Governor Jay Inslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!"
Anarchists just took over Seattle and the Liberal Democrat Governor just said he knows “nothing about that”.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
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. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
According to CNN, Durkan has faced calls from protesters to resign after police continued to use chemical irritants to disperse crowds.
"As the person who originally investigated the Seattle Police Department for the unconstitutional use of force, Mayor Durkan believes that SPD can lead the nation on continued reforms and accountability, but knows this week has eroded trust at a time when trust is most crucial," Durkan's office said in a statement.
Durkan's office has dismissed claims that the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is occupied by activist groups being grouped under the term Antifa.
"City officials have not interacted with 'armed Antifa militants' at this site, but will continue to be on-site to monitor the situation closely," a spokesperson said.