Trump: Seattle Only Dismantled CHOP After Threat of Federal Action
President takes veiled jab at Seattle Mayor
President Donald Trump said Seattle's leadership cleaned up their protest area that occupied about six city blocks, known as CHOP, because of threats that federal forces were about to act.
“We were going in, we were going in very soon,” Trump said.
“We let them know that, and all of a sudden, they didn’t want it," the president continued.
"So they went in before we got there, but we were going in very shortly, very soon, and we would’ve taken the CHOP ... back very easily, but they went in, and, frankly, the people just gave up."
"They were tired," Trump added.
"They had it for a long period of time."
Last month Trump issued a direct warning to Seattle Democrats, "take back your city NOW."
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 stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
The president demanded officials immediately regain control of the CHOP zone that was taken over by armed far-left radicals.
At the time, protestors demanded the city's police department and courts are abolished.
"Radical Left Governor [of Washington, Jay Inslee] and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before," Trump said on Twitter at the time.
Seattle Mayor says, about the anarchists takeover of her city, “it is a Summer of Love”. These Liberal Dems don’t have a clue. The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death. Must end this Seattle takeover now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2020
In early July, Seattle police finally moved into the CHOP zone and reclaimed the area.
SPD Chief Carmen Best sent armed forces into the zone, arresting multiple protesters, telling the public that "enough is enough."
The department retook control of their East Precinct after it was seized by far-left activists last month.
After clearing out the protest area known as CHOP, police made more than a dozen arrests.
After cheering on the activists when they occupied the city, Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan changed her tune when protesters turned up outside her own home, at which point she said they "put families and children at risk."