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Seattle Mayor Durkan Calls Takeover of Capital Hill Zone ‘patriotism’

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Seattle Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan is defending protesters commandeering several street blocks in the city calling their actions “patriotism.”

The takeover was sparked over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Minnesota black man who died while being arrested by police.

Floyd’s arrest was caught on video and went viral showing him pinned down by a white police officer’s knee to his neck.

Protesters blocked six blocks of the area known as Capitol Hill and renamed the area Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ for short.

Within this perimeter is the East Precinct police building, where police officers were ordered to clear out and the building shuttered.

With no police presence, Seattle protesters, some armed, set up check points for access to the area.

Durkan pushed back on criticism from President Trump and defended the protesters calling their actions “patriotism.”

The New York Post reports:

“It’s simply not true. Lawfully gathering and expressing first amendment rights, demanding we do better as a society, and providing true equity for communities of color is not terrorism. It’s patriotism.”

Durkan told CNN host Chris Cuomo it’s “more like a block party atmosphere it’s not an armed takeover.”

Durkan also downplayed the fact some protesters are armed.

Meanwhile, protesters stormed City Hall demanding Durkan defund the police and called for her to resign.

During a press conference earlier this week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee was asked about the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and he said he was unaware.

The New York Post reports:

“Well, that’s news to me. So I’ll have to reserve any comment about it. I have not heard anything about that from any credible source,” the governor said, adding a chuckle.

A list of demands was released earlier this week, including calls to defund the police.

The New York Post reports:

The protesters released a letter detailing their demands on Tuesday that include dismantling the police force and ending the use of armed force, guns, batons and riot shields, and abolishing the court system, among a list.

President Trump weighed in on social media.

Seattle’s radical local government officials have lost control over the city.

Calling the takeover of parts of the city “patriotism” is outrageous but it shows how dangerous it is to put Democrats in power.

At this point, there’s no telling how this will end but it will likely not end well.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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