“A friend of mine told me yesterday, who lives in the area, he says he never goes outside after 8 o'clock at night without a firearm. That’s a sad state of affairs of how he has to live his day-to-day life,” Hoffman told “Fox & Friends.”
Hoffman said that businesses in the CHOP area have been closed even after trying to open up or rebound from the government-mandated economic shutdown.
“Now they can’t reopen because they can’t get trucks in, they can’t get cars in, they can’t guarantee the safety of their employees. Trader Joe's nearby said they can’t guarantee the safety of their employees and they closed indefinitely,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman reacted to the city of Seattle and CHOP protesters reaching an agreement that will remove temporary roadblocks and replace them with concrete barriers.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is installing concrete barriers in the middle of Pine Street, running East and West, which will split the road for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. This will allow for emergency service vehicles to pass through the area.
Hoffman responded to critics who have pointed out that he does not live in that area of the city and accused him of overstating the danger. He said he has been to the CHOP zone multiple times and interviewed the supposed "warlord" of the area who was seen on video giving AR-15’s to people.
“They say it is such a free and open place and we can come and go as we please, I am availing myself of that privilege and I have gone down there and seen it for myself as anybody else can do right now,” Hoffman said.
"The city is giving in to the protesters. They want certain streets closed and the mayor has been closing about 20 miles of streets all across the city."