President Donald Trump called for freeing three states from allegedly excessive restrictions put into place by Democratic governors amid efforts to slow the spread of the CCP virus.
“LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” Trump wrote in a missive posted on social media. “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”
“LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!” the Republican added.
Protests were planned or happening on Friday against the mandates issued by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.
Whitmers recent orders including unusual provisions like banning the sale of seeds in some stores and triggered widespread protests in the state capitol this week, in addition at least one lawsuit. Some sheriffs said they wouldnt strictly enforce the orders because they were ambiguous.
Protesters gathered in Richmond to oppose Northams stay at home order. While most governors are issuing restrictions for two weeks and extending them as needed, Northams mandate is in place until June.
People began gathering Thursday night ahead of a planned planned protest outside Walzs house. They are upset that Walz hasnt transitioned the state to reopening despite it reporting few new cases and, on some days, no new deaths from COVID-19.
Northam, who weathered criticism after admitting he appeared in a picture either dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit or in blackface, signed a batch of gun control bills last week as people were forced to stay indoors or chance being arrested or fined.
The legislation drew a rally of more than 22,000 people at the states capitol earlier in 2020.
Whitmer, Northam, and Walz have defended their actions as being guided by scientists and public health officials.
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