Another Democrat has thrown his hat into the crowded ring of candidates vying to be the Democratic presidential nominee. This one’s not so well-known, though, perhaps because of his geographical distance from the other Washington — Washington, D.C.
According to CNN, Washington state Gov Jay Inslee officially announced his presidential bid on Friday, making him the first candidate to set up his campaign headquarters on the West Coast. Inslee plans to run things from Seattle, the largest metropolis in the northwestern U.S.
What’s his focus? Climate change.
"I'm Jay Inslee and I'm running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation's number one priority," he said.
CNN noted that Inslee backed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ (D-N.Y.) unfathomable Green New Deal by saying it makes “what might seem impossible within the realm of the possible” without quite throwing his full support behind it.
Inslee, who is a vocal President Trump critic, has backed Jeff Bezos, the CEO of the Seattle-based Amazon.com and owner of the Washington Post, according to Bloomberg. As governor, Inslee has been big on government-run health care and raising his state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. He’s been in office since 2013.
In an ABC News interview last week, Inslee spoke about Mother Nature as if she were an actual entity taking vengeance against humans for producing pollution.
"Mother Nature is making it break through, not me. Because Mother Nature, aggravated by climate change and carbon pollution, has burned down Paradise, California, drowned Houston, and is now drowning Miami Beach," he said.
The governor, who criticized Trump for being a “fearful, little man” and “a pessimist,” also said during that interview that we’re in “the 11th hour to defeat climate change.”
His presidential announcement was met with a lot of bewilderment and ridicule, though.