JASON RANTZ

Rantz: Gov. Inslee’s insufferable hypocrisy on coronavirus protests

Apr 21, 2020, 10:03 PM | Updated: Apr 22, 2020, 10:20 am
Gov. Jay Inslee, coronavirus protests...
Gov. Jay Inslee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Governor Jay Inslee’s commentary on coronavirus protests highlights his insufferable hypocrisy. It needs to be called out.

Inslee chooses to only condemn some language over protests, claiming conservative rhetoric will lead to violence and law breaking. But Inslee generally offers no examples of crimes to attribute to the language.

On the other hand, Inslee’s very own policies have directly resulted in violence and lawlessness. Instead of changing the policies, he continues to champion them.

Coronavirus protests language

When President Donald Trump told citizens to “liberate” themselves from draconian and illegal policies in Virginia and Michigan, Inslee pounced.

Hours after the President’s tweets, Inslee’s office released a press release condemning Trump, even though Washington wasn’t mentioned. He followed it up with his own tweets, calling the statements “a threat to American lives.”

Inslee tackled this because he wanted the press coverage. And he was rewarded for it. He landed interviews on CNN and ABC News, something he no longer gets much of after his disastrous presidential campaign.

While Inslee sounds principled perched atop his high horse, he’s actually a giant hypocrite.

Inslee encourages illegal and dangerous acts

Governor Inslee, following the Democrat-controlled state Legislature, declared Washington a sanctuary state. The law was signed just weeks after an illegal immigrant murdered Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson.

At the time, Inslee celebrated the bill by purposefully conflating violent, criminal illegal immigrants with illegal immigrants whose only crime is being in this country without documentation. It’s incredibly dishonest and racist. I favor a pathway to citizenship over deportation if the individual is committed to following laws and contributing to our communities. If they’re flagrantly violating our laws? They should be deported.

“Our state agencies are not immigration enforcement agencies,” Inslee said at the time. “We will not be complicit in the Trump administration’s depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families.”

Only the Trump administration was never targeting “hard-working immigrant and refugee families.” Under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the administration is primarily targeting illegal immigrants committing crime beyond simply being in the country illegally. And Inslee was protecting them from deportation. He even welcomed them to come to Washington.

Serious harm

Francisco Carranza-Ramirez was in this country illegally when he raped a wheelchair-bound woman. He did some time behind bars but a judge let him go, under the promise that he would fly to Mexico on his own accord. The judge went out of her way to note she wasn’t asking about his citizenship. He eventually did return to Mexico — but only after assaulting his White Center rape victim again.

At the time, ICE released a list of seven cases involving criminals they requested detainers from local enforcement. They wanted to know when these criminals were set for release so they could take custody. Those requests were ignored. Under Inslee, dangerous criminal illegal immigrants are protected. And they exploit that protection to hurt Washingtonians.

FOX News reporter Dan Springer broke down some of the other cases:

According to ICE, Rosalio Ramos-Ramos was arrested last January for murder and dismembering his victim. It happened just months after Ramos was released from a Washington jail despite ICE’s request for an immigration detainer and notification of his pending release, neither of which were honored.

ICE also cites the case of Mexican national Martin Gallo-Gallardo, who was in a Clackamas County Oregon jail. The statement said jail officials ignored ICE’s request for an immigration detainer and notification of release. Gallardo was released and within months was re-arrested, this time for allegedly murdering his wife.

Unlike an out-of-context Trump tweet about coronavirus protests, Inslee’s actual policies lead to violence and illegal behavior. But that’s not all.

He’s literally rewarding lawlessness

After prisoners at the Monroe Correctional complex rioted over coronavirus concerns, Inslee rewarded the criminals with a ‘Get out of Jail’ pass. Rather than punish criminals who threatened correctional officers, Inslee announced he’d release about 1,100 criminals out of jail early.

On the list of criminals getting a pass? Prolific drug dealers and thieves. Have multiple DUIs? Well, Inslee will give you a pass.

Inslee claims Trump encourages illegal acts when discussing coronavirus protests. Inslee is literally rewarding criminals after they acted illegally. This will just inspire other prisoners to riot so they, too, can get out of jail.

Antifa mostly gets a pass

Inslee doesn’t like Trump speaking kindly of peaceful protesters. But when it comes to violent, law-breaking Antifa thugs, Inslee is silent.

On Inslee’s Twitter account, he doesn’t appear to have ever mentioned Antifa by name. But he goes after peaceful, lawful protesters when they’re perceived as being conservative. In fact, when it comes to Antifa, members who have attempted to destroy businesses locally in Seattle and Olympia, Inslee is clueless.

When conservative student activist group Turning Points USA asked Inslee if he’d condemn their violence, he responded with gibberish.

“Tell me about Antifa. Tell me who Antifa is so I can tell you if that person should be condemned or not,” Inslee told the Turning Point representative. As the TP representative started to explain, Inslee pretended to understand.

“Oh, you’re talking about the movement! I was thinking you were thinking of an individual,” he responded.

He then managed to speak in near-gibberish.

“I condemn violence of anyone against this community particularly because it has been totally victimized in so many different ways,” said Inslee. “You have the strongest hate crime laws in the United States. I don’t know exactly this organization you’re referring to but if it’s what I’m thinking of, then yes.”

Insufferable hypocrisy

I don’t so much care that I disagree with Inslee politically. I live in Seattle. I’m surrounded by people who disagree with me politically. But the hypocrisy is too much.

Inslee can claim the high road all he wants — and boy does he like to remind us about how good of a person he is — but he’s the one we can directly tie to actual violence and lawlessness. And while he uses partisan attacks about coronavirus protests to get more media coverage, he’s ignoring all the harm he’s causing. We deserve better than that.

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Rantz: Gov. Inslee’s insufferable hypocrisy on coronavirus protests