Yet again, a bunch of idiots are protesting Michigan’s stay-at-home order by showing up and yelling at politicians who are listening to scientists and public health officials.
The theme of the protest appears to be “I don’t know,” as one of the speakers asks the seemingly rhetorical question “how did they get 6 feet?”, only to answer it himself by saying “I don’t know.”
Open carry is legal in many states, and in Michigan, it’s totally legal to carry firearms inside the Capitol building.
— Mike (@michaelbrazell) April 30, 2020
According to NBC news:
The protest, dubbed the “American Patriot Rally,” was organized by Michigan United for Liberty to call for the reopening of businesses.
State lawmakers are expected to vote on the 28-day extension of the state of emergency before it expires at midnight.
Whitmer, a Democrat who has faced fierce backlash for her strict stay-at-home mandate, extended that order earlier this month until May 15, but eased some restrictions on public activities as the state’s coronavirus cases stabilize. The state, however, still has more than 40,000 cases and is one of the hardest-hit states.
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This is the scene outside the Michigan State House today – armed men blocking the entrance. It is the end of April. What is November going to look like? #Michigan #MichiganProtest pic.twitter.com/vZSc1FshZ7
— DemocraticGroup (@GroupDemocratic) April 30, 2020
Hundreds of protesters entered the Michigan State Capitol building and crowded its halls and staircases, demanding the state legislature not extend Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order. https://t.co/a7uzFMm9Vg pic.twitter.com/nnI7Qfgc9j
— ABC News (@ABC) April 30, 2020
I think it’s only fair to ask all these “protesters” to stay home when they eventually fall ill with COVID-19.
BREAKING NEWS: A group of very heavily armed White Nationalist Terrorists have invaded the Michigan State Capitol building pic.twitter.com/Pm2iCGBMQM
— Stephen M Carter (@StephenMCarter4) April 30, 2020
Protest moves inside Michigan Capitol. Crowd attempts to get onto Hoise floor. Lots of Michigan State Police and House sergeants at arms blocking door. pic.twitter.com/4FNQpimP4W
— Rod Meloni (@RodMeloni) April 30, 2020
#MichiganProtest is NOT a protest. It's an armed response to the "President" @realDonaldTrump demanding "Liberate Michigan!" It is blatant, dangerous INTIMIDATION. With so many armed citizens is a hotbed for a potential tragedy at our capital. @MichStatePolice, where's SWAT at?!? pic.twitter.com/AB3lW8Lo5y
— MLZ (@MLZambrana) April 30, 2020
Now this is happening. pic.twitter.com/w1CkLB3T3s
— Leon Hendrix (@LeonHendrix) April 30, 2020
it's lucky for the Michigan protesters that they are simply a raucous and heavily-armed white mob attempting to storm their Governor's office, and not, for example, a black man selling loose cigarettes on a street corner, because there are serious consequences for that
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 30, 2020
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