Washington governor: Trump urges 'insubordination' and 'illegal activity' by supporting protesters

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWhat if politicians were required to tell the truth? New Washington secretary of state orders staffers to be vaccinated Conservative Washington state lawmaker dies after positive COVID-19 test MORE (D) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE is urging “insubordination” and “illegal activity” by supporting demonstrators protesting stay-at-home orders in multiple states. 

Inslee on ABC’s “This Week” called the president’s defense of the protesters “dangerous,” saying Trump is supporting “insubordination” against the state laws and both Democratic and Republican governors. 

“To have an American president to encourage people to violate the law, I can’t remember any time in my time in America where we have seen such a thing,” the governor said. 

“It is dangerous because it can inspire people to ignore things that actually can save their lives,” he added.

The Washington governor and former Democratic presidential candidate said the situation is “doubly frustrating” to governors “because this is such a schizophrenia” with Trump “basically asking people” to “ignore” infectious disease experts and coronavirus task force members Deborah Birx and Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 A year into Biden's presidency, we're only burying more overdose victims Let's stop saying 'breakthrough cases' — it isn't helping MORE

He cited the experts’ guidelines when criticizing those advocating for the reopening of the states, saying a decline in infections “simply has not happened yet.”

“We hope that there could be a restoration of leadership in the White House rather than hobbling our national efforts to protect people from this terrible virus,” Inslee said. 

The president defended Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia protesters last week at a press briefing, saying some of the stay-at-home orders were “too tough.”

“These are people expressing their views. ... They seem to be very responsible people to me," he said. "But they’ve been treated a little bit rough."

Hundreds gathered in those states and Ohio during the past week to demonstrate against their stay-at-home orders, sometimes contradicting Trump administration guidelines recommending no gatherings of more than 10 people. 

Inslee said on Sunday that his state has experienced “good news” but instead of a downward trend, the number of cases have plateaued. He encouraged people to focus on “what we can do” now rather than on an unknown end date. 

Washington state has recorded at least 11,802 cases of coronavirus and 624 deaths, according to the state health department.