Local leaders respond to first presidential debate

Local leaders have taken to social media following the first presidential debate of the 2020 election.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee was vocal on Twitter Tuesday night, encouraging discussion about climate change.

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal tweeted Tuesday night in a plea for students across the state.

“This is not normal! We can disagree without disrespect. We can debate without rage. We can listen without disrespect. We can listen without interruption. Learn from this and dedicate yourself to civility, integrity, honesty, and respect. I believe in you, America needs you!”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal also posted on her Twitter account, responding to the President’s remarks about racial relations.

“The president of the United States refused to condemn white supremacists. Let the horror of that sink in.”

In Portland, Multnomah County Sherriff Mike Reese tweeted to push back against the president’s claim that the “Portland Sheriff” supports him.

“As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him.”

Republican Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler said the debate was the worst she’s ever seen.

“Since it wasn’t made clear last night, let me state unequivocally that all of us must reject white supremacy in all its forms and violence by anyone for any reason. The President needs to clarify his remarks immediately.” 

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers did not make a direct comment about the debate, but tweeted Wednesday morning, “It’s time to restore, rebuild, and renew. That’s our #CommitmentToAmerica.”

This story will be updated as local leaders make public comment.