Well it was fun while it lasted!
When radical protesters took over a portion of Seattle and forced the police to vacate a police precinct, the Mayor of Seattle, Democrat Jenny Durkin, didn’t seem too troubled by the situation.
In fact, she said that Seattle may even have a “summer of love”!
Watch the interview from earlier this month with CNN’s Chris Cuomo in which the mayor makes her ridiculous comment:
Following the mayor's interview, President Trump immediately lambasted her in the following tweet for the lunacy she allowed to occur on her watch:
Well, it looks like now the mayor is realizing the idiocy of her earlier comment!
The mayor's revelation comes upon reports of shootings occuring in the autonomous zone.
Here's the report from Q13 Fox, the local news station in Seattle, on the mayor's recanting:
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan continues to be lambasted for a June 11 interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, during which she suggested the occupied protest around the city’s east police precinct could simply be a “summer of love.”
The remark has not aged well.
In the ten days since her comments on CNN, the zone referred to as CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) has seen several serious and violent crimes, including an attempted arson, multiple assaults captured on video, and the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old.
Republicans – including the President – have painted the mayor’s remarks as tone-deaf, considering the public safety implications of what protesters call a “cop-free zone.”
“These Liberal Dems don’t have a clue,” President Trump said in a June 12 tweet, responding to the mayor’s comments. “The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death. Must end this Seattle takeover now!”
In an interview Thursday, prior to the deadly shooting in CHOP, Mayor Durkan acknowledged her poor choice of words.
“I clearly said that in jest, it probably was not the smart thing to do,” she said.
But Durkan said she believes critics ignored the totality of her remarks.
“It was not the best choice of words, but immediately after that, I clarified and qualified it,” she said.
Here's reactions to the mayor's handling of the hostile takeover in Seattle:
Take a look at this report from Fox News where Katie Pavlich, co-host of The Five, absolutely blasts Mayor Durkin for her lack of leadership:
"The Five" co-host Katie Pavlich described the ongoing situation in Seattle as "insanity" Tuesday after weekend violence in the "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" (CHOP) forced Mayor Jenny Durkan to pledge to dismantle the demonstration area.
"Protesting is not taking over blocks and blocks of public and private property, threatening people with firearms and then refusing to allow the police and medical personnel in when somebody gets shot inside of your comune," Pavlich said. "I mean, it's kind of a fake comune too, because they are asking for ... resources like shoes and food and water that comes from the very society that they claim to be getting out of.
"But they weren't protesters from the beginning," she added. "They took over, unlawfully, blocks and blocks of property they don't own and they don't have a right to."
Durkan said Monday the city would work with community leaders to clear the CHOP area. She also said police will soon return to the East Precinct building, which was largely abandoned after clashes with protesters earlier this month.
The dismantling of the CHOP followed the death of a 19-year-old man in a Saturday shooting in which another person was injured.
On Sunday, a 17-year-old was shot in the arm on the edge of the CHOP area.
"As far as the mayor ... she was endorsing this movement from the beginning when President Trump said, 'You need to get it together. This is going to turn out to be something very dangerous for your city,'" Pavlich said. "She brought snark into it and said, 'Well, why are you so afraid of democracy?' Her job as the mayor is to protect all of the citizens of Seattle. And instead, she has been married to this far-left, Marxist narrative ... so that's something that she's going to be responsible for.