Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan sat idly by this summer as a horde of unwashed anarchists took total control of the downtown area, creating what may be the country’s first lawless “autonomous zone.” For weeks, Durkan turned a blind eye as armed protesters turned the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and the surrounding blocks into a “Protest Zone” where local business owners and government officials were not allowed to tread. Together with the city council, Durkan cast these protesters as peaceful, loving activists who would only find support from displaced city officials.
This idiot narrative continued right up to the time that two people were shot and killed inside the zone.
But even now, weeks after the so-called CHAZ was finally dismantled by police, Durkan still talks like a woman who learned absolutely nothing from this experiment in surrender. In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Durkan blamed this weekend’s Seattle violence not on the rioters…but on the federal agents trying to protect the city.
“We don’t need the help that the president’s offering, and, in fact, I think the president’s actions have directly escalated and were responsible for what happened this weekend,” Durkan said. “Many people who were interviewed by media said they came to the protest because of what’s happening in Portland. The protest itself was billed as something in solidarity with Portland. And so, we are — today, I requested the Department of Homeland Security — since there was no actions directed against the federal properties here — to ask them to remove the standby team that they have.”
Burnett, who is mostly known for letting her program be used as a sounding board for Trump haters far and wide, nonetheless found some puzzling nonsense inside the mayor’s words. She pressed Durkan on the need to do something – anything – to actually keep Seattle’s streets safe.
“Some of these images, they’re ugly,” Burnett said. “I mean, a Starbucks destroyed in the protests, a construction site for a juvenile detention facility set on fire. Seattle police say officers were burned when protesters threw explosive devices at them, and look, a lot of what’s happening here, this is not peaceful. This is just violent and destructive, and the president says he thinks mayors like you are refusing his help and those standby forces because he’s the one offering it. Does he have a point?”
But Durkan dug her heels in.
“No. Again, the president’s actions clearly have escalated things in Seattle, and across the country,” she said. “I was just talking to a number of mayors throughout the country who saw a similar thing that — people wanting to act out against the president and his administration coming to the streets.
“I believe, if you look at what happened yesterday and Sunday, again, it was peaceful,” she said, quite contrary to the evidence. “We had a number of peaceful protests. And what we’ve seen is, every time this president promises to sow division, he’s successful at it. And he’s clearly targeted cities run by Democratic mayors. He’s said so himself. He’s using law enforcement as a political tool. I hate to say it, Erin, but I really believe that we are seeing the dry run for martial law. This is a president that is using law enforcement and federal forces for political purposes, and that should be chilling to every American.”
Yeah, it isn’t. Firstly, because it isn’t happening. Secondly, because if it comes down to a choice between accepting that our cities will be overrun by arsonists, looters, and violent thugs on the one hand and “martial law” on the other…well, we might be inclined to take the military. Someone has to keep the peace, and if Democratic officials don’t have the political will to do so, then what choice does Trump have? Let these cities fall, one by one?