Tim Eyman to protest Sunday against Gov. Inslee’s stay-at-home order

Apr 17, 2020, 4:47 PM | Updated: Apr 18, 2020, 2:38 pm
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Tim Eyman speaks at a recent $30 car tabs hearing. (Screengrab TVW)
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This Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Capitol in Olympia, gubernatorial candidate Tim Eyman will be part of a protest against Gov. Jay Inslee and the continued stay-at-home order. The protest comes after hints that the stay-at-home order may be extended past the original date of May 4, 2020.

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Eyman joined the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH to talk about the upcoming protest. To start, Rantz asked what may be the first question on everyone’s mind: Is this protest going to be safe?

“Absolutely,” Eyman said. “Everyone’s doing the six-foot rule. I’ve kind of implemented the 10-foot rule because I wouldn’t touch Inslee with a 10-foot pole, so we’re gonna be keeping our distance from one another. There’s no reason we have to sacrifice our liberties or a strong economy in order for us to be safe.”

Inconsistency from the governor

Eyman hopes the protest on Sunday asks the “hard questions,” one of which he said is why government construction projects have been deemed safe, but a private construction site can not be?

“It really begs the question, why is it that the government can somehow make itself safe? Boeing can make themselves safe. The Seattle farmers’ markets can make themselves safe,” Eyman said. “But all these other small businesses that aren’t contributors to Jay Inslee, why is it that they have to stay shut down?”

Eyman said he is irritated by the inconsistency of Inslee’s decisions as to what is or is not allowed during the stay-at-home order. He mentioned golf courses and fishing as being OK one day, banned the next.

“The thing that I’m most disturbed by is it’s all being done by one person,” he said. “There’s no involvement by the Legislature. No involvement by people, no involvement by local elected officials. He’s even, Jay Inslee, is rejecting everything the federal government is saying. He’s basically taking it all upon himself. One person, one rule.”

Inslee put all his chips on safety

“We have to respect people’s safety, we have to also respect people’s constitutional rights and their liberty, and we also need to have a strong economy,” Eyman said. “And what Jay Inslee did is he ignored the constitutional issues, the strong economy issues, and he basically put all of his chips down on safety.”

“We have to ask ourselves the question: Did he make us less safe as a result of this?” he added.

The state’s general fund budget, Eyman said, is likely to drop from $55 billion to as low as $40 billion by the end of the year, which means less money for public health, safety, and education.

“Did Jay Inslee ultimately make a challenge, which COVID clearly was, into a full blown crisis because he overreacted and because he panicked? I think we have to ask that question,” Eyman said.

Rantz then asked if Eyman’s criticism extends to the President, who has been pushing the same or similar guidance in states that were considered hot spots, of which Washington is one.

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“I think that there’s no doubt that the Trump administration has made recommendations for a long time,” he said. ” … Jay Inslee took every one of those and made them into unilateral one-person mandates, and I think that that’s where it gets extraordinarily dangerous.”

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Tim Eyman to protest Sunday against Gov. Inslee’s stay-at-home order