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Gov. Jay Inslee activates National Guard, responds to Trump's speech

Statewide protests and inflammatory rhetoric during a national crisis


Gov. Jay Inslee ordered a statewide activation of the Washington National Guard on Sunday, May 31 in response to the spread of destructive protests and looting in Washington state.

The activation will allow unarmed troops to be deployed in response to requests from local governments. The governor already authorized at least 600 troops earlier this weekend to help in Seattle and Bellevue.

The state received a request from Spokane County on May 31 for National Guard assistance after what was described as a rogue group began looting and damaging property in downtown Spokane. Earlier in the day...

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