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Sensing the growing restlessness of the American people over heavy-handed actions taken by some states, President Donald Trump took to social media Friday to call on voters to “LIBERATE” several swing states from their Democratic governors.
No state has been more draconian in responding to the coronavirus pandemic than Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as the Democrat has taken to dictating what stores can and cannot sell. Items she deems to be nonessential, such as lawn and gardening supplies, are cordoned off from customers.
In three separate tweets, the president called on Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia to liberate themselves.
Steeped in a revolutionary heritage, after more than a month of being told where they can and cannot go, and what is permissible and what is not, the American people are starting to push back.
Eager to get back to work and provide for their families instead of being forced to rely on government handouts, protests are cropping up around the country.
Michigan saw a huge turn out in a drive-by protest in the capital city of Lansing, and protesters showed up Thursday outside Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s St. Paul residence to urge him to end the stay-at-home order.
“Open Minnesota! Open Minnesota!” the protesters chanted.
Minutes after a Fox News segment on a protest against social distancing measures outside the Minnesota governor's office, by conservative "Liberate Minnesota" group, Trump tweets "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!"
Left, Fox's America's Newsroom, 11:19 a.m.
Right, Trump, 11:21 a.m. pic.twitter.com/RvFV68oOCb
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) April 17, 2020
Protesters also converged on the state capitol of Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday for a rally to reopen the state, as Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam announced an extension of current restrictions.
With Congress adjourned during an unprecedented national emergency and Speaker Nancy Pelosi boasting on late-night television about a freezer full of ice cream while American workers struggle to provide for their families, Trump called for lawmakers to get back to work in another tweet.
Noting the consequences of Congress not passing a bill to provide additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, a small-business coronavirus relief program, the president called on “Do Nothing Democrats” to end their “ENDLESS VACATION!”
“Today people started losing their jobs because of Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, who should immediately come back to Washington and approve legislation to help families in America,” he tweeted. “End your ENDLESS VACATION!”
Today people started losing their jobs because of Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, who should immediately come back to Washington and approve legislation to help families in America. End your ENDLESS VACATION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
Gov. Whitmore appeared to relent somewhat Friday to the growing pressure on her — or at least give the impression that she is.
In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the governor justified her “really aggressive” measures by pointing to Michigan’s death toll — with a population of 9.9 million people, the state has had just over 2000 deaths.
“I do hope to have some relaxing come May 1,” she said of current restrictions. “But it’s two weeks away and the information and data and our ability to test is changing so rapidly, it’s hard to tell you precisely where we’ll be in a week from now, much less two.”
It would appear that between the President’s calls for liberation, the protests noted above and Trump’s release of a plan to re-open the American economy where appropriate, Minnesota’s Democratic Governor Tim Walz has begun loosening his state’s restrictions.
MN Gov. Tim Walz eases some outdoor rec restrictions. pic.twitter.com/HWXeDiiQ87
— Peter Callaghan (@CallaghanPeter) April 17, 2020
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