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Statement By Washington State Democrats Chair Jaxon Ravens On Republican State Sen. Doug Ericksen’s Plan To Criminalize Washingtonians’ Use Of The First Amendment

Seattle - Washington State Democrats Chair Jaxon Ravens released the following statement after Republican State Sen. Doug Ericksen, who served as deputy campaign director of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Washington state, offered his inflammatory, excessive proposal yesterday to criminalize public protest.

"Republican State Senator Doug Ericksen must be auditioning for a role in the Trump Administration. Ericksen’s plan to crack down on our First Amendment rights is straight out of the Trump playbook and has no place in America. We already have laws protecting people’s lives and property. This menacing grandstanding by a Trump loyalist serves no purpose other than to chill dissent and discourage free speech."