Appearing on CNN, Jay Inslee reacted to a number of tweets from President Trump Friday.
The Hill reports Jay Inslee, Washington state’s Democratic governor, sharply criticized President Trump on Friday for appearing to endorse those protesting coronavirus stay-at-home orders, accusing him of “fomenting domestic rebellion.”
Inslee issued a statement asserting that Trump both encouraged “illegal and dangerous acts” and put millions in danger of being infected with the novel coronavirus by issuing tweets earlier Friday that seemed to back the protests.
“The president is fomenting domestic rebellion and spreading lies even while his own administration says the virus is real and is deadly, and that we have a long way to go before restrictions can be lifted,” Inslee said.
Inslee, with whom Trump has traded barbs in the past, also insisted that Trump’s “irresponsible statements” undermined the work of members of his own coronavirus task force, including Vice President Pence, Deborah Birx and Adm. Brett Giroir.
“The president’s call to action today threatens to undermine his own goal of recovery by further delaying the ability of states to amend current interventions in a safe, evidence-based way,” Inslee said.
“His words are likely to cause COVID-19 infections to spike in places where social distancing is working — and if infections are increasing in those places, that will further postpone the 14 days of decline that his own guidance says is necessary before modifying any interventions,” he continued.