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Trump Support for Protesters of US Lockdowns on Twitter

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On Friday, a trio of tweets of Trump support for protesters in Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia who are defying social distancing and stay-at-home orders sparked an uproar.

At his Friday briefing, he said some measures imposed by Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia had been “too tough”. Earlier, he wrote on Twitter: “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and also”LIBERATE VIRGINIA”.

The protests that mainly led by conservative supporters of Trump – are a controversial part of a growing effort to turn around an economy that has been hurt in recent weeks because of the US Coronavirus outbreak.

The curbs, which include stay-at-home orders, are needed to slow the spread of coronavirus. Although protesters say they are hurting citizens by limiting movement unreasonably and stifling economic activity.

These three states Trump tweeted about — Virginia, Michigan and Minnesota — are run by Democratic governors and critics have responded by calling to “liberate America” from the president. So President Trump may be attempting to encourage his political base to protest against Democrats.

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Trump is comfortable with Supporting Protesters

Trump assured reporters that he felt “very comfortable” with his tweet supporting Protesters, continuing that “these are people expressing their views” and “they seem to be very responsible people to me, you know, they’ve been treated a little bit rough.”

“What they’ve done is very powerful,” he told. “You can get the same result by doing a little bit less.”

“If we see something happening bad that we think is wrong, we’re going to come down strong on them,” Trump said about states. “The federal government has a lot to say.”

Tweets of Trump support for protesters sparked uproar
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On Thursday, Trump said that he would leave reopening decisions up to the governors.

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US Anti-lockdowns Protesters

A group that names itself “Liberate Minnesota” held a rally Friday afternoon outside Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s residence in St. Paul to protest his statement that he would increase his stay-at-home order to May 4.

“Now is the time to demand Governor Walz and our state legislators end this lockdown!” organizers wrote in a Facebook post. “Minnesota’s economy must be opened for business or destroying the livelihoods of thousands of Minnesota citizens and their families may result if we don’t act quickly.”

The Minnesota protest was scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. ET Friday, nevertheless, protesters had started gathering outside the governor’s residence as Thursday.

Groups opposing stay-at-home orders have popped up in states throughout the country recently and have become increasingly active, holding demonstrations outside of governors’ residences and state capitals, arguing that restrictive stay-at-home measures violate personal liberty.

Tweets of Trump support for protesters sparked uproar
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Many of the demonstrations have had a tea party flare to them, with protesters carrying “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.

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What is federal guidance believe?

Trump Support for Protesters of US Lockdowns comes a day after his administration revealed new guidance for re-opening state economies.

That guidance recommends three phases of slowly re-opening businesses and social life, with each phase lasting a minimum of 14 days.

It includes some recommendations across all three phases including good personal hygiene and employers developing policies to ensure social distancing, testing, and contact tracing.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, from the White House coronavirus task force, warned that even as restrictions were lifted “it’s not game over”.

He also said that the virus may rebound, and there could be setbacks along the way.

Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, newly was the target of a mass protest at the state capital against her full lock-down orders. A mixed crowd of conservatives, white nationalists and anti-government militias waved Confederate and pro-Trump flags, and signs accusing Whitmer of dictatorial overreach.

Another of the states, Virginia, had its own capital protests earlier in the year from gun-rights activists.

The president’s social media fusillade suggests his goal is to reward – or encourage – such shows of force from his political base, as opinion polls indicate Trump’s approval rating is sagging after a boost during the early weeks of the outbreak.

Trump followed those incendiary tweets by criticizing New York’s Andrew Cuomo, another Democrat, for mishandling the pandemic and spending too much time “complaining”.

Just a day after Trump reportedly told governors in a conference call they would “call the shots” on when to begin easing restrictions, it appears the president wants to up the pressure – and the political risk – for Democrats by other means at his disposal.

Trump has benefitted in the past from a finely tuned sense of the sentiments – and resentments – of his supporters. Friday morning could be an indication that he’s positioning himself to again stand in their midst.

liberals Reaction to Trump Support for Protesters

Trump’s tweet caused the word “liberate” to quickly become a top trend on social media, with people from both sides of the political spectrum chiming in — but outspoken liberals were particularly vocal:


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