Governor, community groups denounce Trump ahead of his visit to state

SEATTLE -- Gov. Jay Inslee, joined community leaders on Friday to denounce Donald Trump, saying he’s a dangerous for women, minorities and families.

Inslee and several groups gathered at El Centro de la Raza, a community center that advocates for social justice. They voiced their concern about Trump’s policies and what they call hateful rhetoric.

“Donald Trump, you will not be allowed to fan the flames of hatred and fear in our state,” Inslee said at the media event Friday.

The governor joined members of the Hispanic and Muslim community, as well as other Democratic Party leaders, to denounce the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

“We are a loving country. We can be and have been a united country but Donald Trump is a divider and he is someone who is running his entire campaign on division and hatred,” said David Rolf, president of the Service Employees Interantional Union Local 775.

They said they believe Trump’s views fuel fear in Americans and create more hate between people. If Trump becomes president, they say, he’ll set America back decades.

“Washington moms are disgusted, dismayed and we know that Washingtonians would never, ever elect a president who divides us instead of bringing us together,” said Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner with the group Mom’s Rising.

“We know that unity is what will get us through. We know we’ll vote for our families. We will vote for American values and we won’t stand to see our communities torn apart. We are stronger when we stand together and we are standing against Donald Trump,” said Yasmin Christopher with the organization One America Votes.

Many of the groups plan to protest Trump's visit to Lynden on Saturday. They said there are already about 50 to 100 people planning to make the 95-mile drive north to Lynden to protest Trump.