SEATTLE, Wash. - A day before presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump's scheduled campaign stops in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee joined U.S. Rep Adam Smith and community leaders to denounce the candidate's rhetoric as dangerous for women and minorities.
During the news conference streamed live on kiro7.com, Inslee said, “So if you’re watching this show right now, hear this: Your hate is not welcome in our state.”
At the news conference, Inslee also said Trump does not share the values of Washington state, such as "compassion, empathy, inclusion and diversity," and his visit to Washington prompted him to speak out against the businessman.
"We are going to reject a candidate whose fundamental message is fear and hatred," he said.
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He is also scheduled to make a stop in Spokane.
Leaders from the Hispanic, Muslim and other communities stood alongside Inslee at the press conference in North Beacon Hill at El Centro de la Raza in the 2500 block of 16th Avenue South. Speakers highlighted how they believe Trump’s rhetoric dangerously affects Washington state families.
“Throughout his campaign, [Trump] has made sexist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic statement that have caused undue hardship to those affected communities and has put forward discriminatory policies that are deeply inconsistent with Washington state’s values,” a Friday press release reads.
U.S Senator Patty Murray released a statement about Trump’s visit to Washington on Thursday.
“With him, Trump will bring hatred,” Murray writes. “He’ll bring a violent rhetoric that stokes the fears of American families and seeks to divide us at every turn.”
Voters in Eugene, Oregon are also staging a protest against Trump, The Oregonian says.
The event, called “Drumpf in Eugene: Non-Violent Counter-Protest #DumpTrump”, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, according to a Facebook notice.
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