Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Washington Governor Inslee called the president’s defense of the protesters “dangerous,” and claimed Trump is supporting “insubordination” against the state laws.
Gov. Jay Inlsee:
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. It is dangerous because it can inspire people to ignore things that actually can save their lives.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tells @GStephanopoulos by backing stay-at-home order protests, Trump is encouraging “insubordination” and “illegal activity.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 19, 2020
Per TheHill, 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 Fauci.
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.”