President Donald Trump has praised the anti-lockdown protesters in Lansing, Michigan and urged Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) to “make a deal” with them and partially reopen Michigan.
In a Friday tweet, Trump said the unrelentingly pro-lockdown Governor should “give a little” to the demonstrators.
“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire,” Trump wrote. “These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.”
Hundreds of protesters marched on the Michigan State Capitol to take a stand against the Governor Whitmer’s unnecessary extension of the state’s stay-at-home order for an additional two weeks. Whitmer’s decision comes as many other states Governors, such as Brian Kemp (R-GA) and Kim Reynolds (R-IA) are substantially easing lockdown restrictions.
The protesters demanded that Whitmer rescind the extension. Many of them chose to exert their Second Amendment rights and openly carried rifles, as in legal by Michigan state law. The demonstration was organized by Michigan United for Liberty, in association with the Libertarian Party of Michigan and the Michigan Conservative Union.
Michigan State House Speaker Lee Chatfield claimed that the lives of people in Michigan had been “negatively impacted unnecessarily because of how we have handled this pandemic. We believe we you can prioritize public health yet be reasonable in your approach to fighting COVID.”