Inslee calls on Trump to 'stay out of Washington state's business'

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden would face hurdles undoing Trump environmental rollbacks | Biden team weighs climate 'czar': report | Donald Trump Jr. urges hunters to vote for his father Biden would face hurdles undoing Trump environmental rollbacks Barr asked prosecutors to explore charging Seattle mayor over protest zone: report MORE (D) called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE to “stay out of Washington state’s business” in a Thursday morning tweet responding to the president’s criticism of the state’s handling of the George Floyd protests. 

“A man who is totally incapable of governing should stay out of Washington state’s business. ‘Stoop’ tweeting,” Inslee, a former 2020 presidential candidate, posted, referencing a misspelling in the president's tweet. 


Trump called on Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) to regain control of Seattle from the protesters, threatening to take back the city from “ugly Anarchists” himself if they don’t act. The president had said last week he would be open to sending the military into U.S. cities with protests to restore order.

The demonstrators in Seattle had briefly taken over City Hall this week, calling for Durkan’s resignation and the defunding of police. They also established the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood after police left the area. 

“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 posted Wednesday night. “Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”


“Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by Radical Left Democrats, of course,” he added in another tweet. “LAW & ORDER!”

Seattle’s mayor also responded to Trump in a tweet calling him to “go back to your bunker,” in a reference to reports that Trump was moved to the White House bunker after protesters in D.C. briefly breached barricades outside the building. 

Protests broke out across the country in response to Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody. Video footage showed a former officer, who has since been charged, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and became unresponsive. 

The protests have been mostly peaceful, but several in cities erupted into violence and looting.