This is so stupid.
I just really don’t even know what to say anymore.
On the streets next to a police precinct in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, protesters and officers spent a week locked in a nightly cycle of standoffs, at times ending with clouds of tear gas.
But facing a growing backlash over its dispersal tactics in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, the Seattle Police Department this week offered a concession: Officers would abandon their precinct, board up the windows and let the protesters have free rein outside.
In a neighborhood that is the heart of the city’s art and culture — threatened these days as rising tech wealth brings in gentrification — protesters seized the moment. They reversed the barricades to shield the liberated streets and laid claim to several city blocks, now known as the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.”
“This space is now property of the Seattle people,” read a banner on the front entrance of the now-empty police station. The entire area was now a homeland for racial justice — and, depending on the protester one talked to, perhaps something more.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 11, 2020
What has emerged is an experiment in life without the police — part street festival, part commune. Hundreds have gathered to hear speeches, poetry and music. On Tuesday night, dozens of people sat in the middle of an intersection to watch “13th,” the Ava DuVernay film about the criminal justice system’s impact on African-Americans. On Wednesday, children made chalk drawings in the middle of the street.
One block had a designated smoking area. Another had a medic station. At the “No Cop Co-op,” people could pick up a free LaCroix sparkling water or a snack. No currency was accepted, but across the street, in a nod to capitalism, a bustling stand was selling $6 hot dogs. It was dealing in U.S. dollars.
On Wednesday night, President Trump tried to portray the scenes in the city as something more sinister. He called for government leaders to crack down on the protesters, declaring on Twitter that “Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle.”
Seriously, what am I supposed to say about that?
You tell me.
What wouldn’t be obvious?
Surely, I can’t say “the government is allowing them to do this because they want this to happen as part of a wider agenda of chaos”?
Surely, that is so obvious that no one actually needs to say it?
It’s the same thing with this.
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 stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
What can I say about that?
Because I can’t say “maybe you should take back your country, Mr. President.”
Let’s invite a few other people to play Captain Obvious here. Because… I simply do not have the courage.
Leftists are laughably phony. They illegally declared 6 blks of Seattle CAPITOL HILL AUTONOMOUS ZONE (& even dumber officials allowed it) & how did they mark it? They BUILT A WALL! Hey, you guys said "walls don't work." Actually these clowns don't work. https://t.co/Ew7gLFb1gV
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 11, 2020
One would think the City of Seattle would simply cut water and power to those 6 blocks that have been taken over… that would help resolve things a little quicker.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 11, 2020
The ANTIFA occupied area in Seattle are using borders and have barricades to stop people from getting in.
But I thought they liked open borders? 🤔
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) June 11, 2020
The HUGE lesson from Seattle for every thinking person in the West:
SECESSION IS NOW ON THE TABLE!
— Stefan Molyneux, MA (@StefanMolyneux) June 11, 2020
It's been nearly 40 hours and neither the mayor of Seattle or Governor of Washington State have done anything about the Antifa Autonomous Zone
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 11, 2020
Black Lives Manipulated take over six blocks of Seattle to create ‘autonomous zone’ which they control – demand an end to police, courts, prisons, sanity and reintroduction of SEGREGATION https://t.co/Po0TAm7OUq pic.twitter.com/qH6esmWjuT
— David Icke (@davidicke) June 11, 2020
This is truly extraordinary: a warlord supported by an army of paramilitary thugs has taken over six blocks in Seattle and declared its independence from the US. Local police and politicians have done nothing, abandoning 1000s of residents and shop-owners https://t.co/hdUzNPN8md
— Toby Young (@toadmeister) June 11, 2020
ANTIFA have literally annexed parts of Seattle and declared it an Autonomous Zone.
They are armed and have set up barricades.
They are extorting businesses for protection money.
This shows once and for all that the far-left is a serious threat.
ANTIFA are terrorists🚨
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) June 11, 2020
This is sheer lunacy. Governor Inslee is mocking the President for a typo having claimed earlier not to know that part of the largest city in Washington has been ceded to armed anarchists. With Evergreen, it was radio-silence from @GovInslee. With Seattle, he’s copy editing. https://t.co/hcnlTjRgHL
— Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein) June 11, 2020
The narrative of the left, after the Seattle lesbian mayor told Trump to “go back to his bunker,” is that Trump is a demented authoritarian living in a bunker as the herpes and heroin revolution rises.
— Larry Underwood: "Taking A Stand Against Trumpism" (@lau56) June 11, 2020
Woke up to prez threatening to “take back” Seattle from anarchists…
who have been giving away food & supplies in a small police-free autonomous zone.
Because what could be scarier to an authoritarian bunker dweller than a functional peaceful community without police brutality?
— Katie Moussouris (@k8em0) June 11, 2020
It’s really cool that these people’s reality is so much like the plot of a young adult novel.
I mean, what a delightful coincidence, right?
What are the chances?