Charlottesville Redux? Trump Says Armed Mich Protesters Good People
The vast majority of Americans, while concerned about the effects on the economy, have obeyed shelter at home orders. There is also a small group of citizens who oppose the orders and have demonstrated against state governments.
Michigan saw the most severe of this kind of protest on Thursday when protesters armed with assault weapons demanded to be let into the state capitol. Donald Trump took the side of these demonstrators on Friday when he tweeted that they are “good people” and that Governor Gretchen Whitmer should meet with them.
The President was criticized in August of 2017, when he referred to armed protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia as “very fine people.”
He used similar language when referring to the Michigan 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.”
The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2020
Governor Gretchen Whitmer was unmoved by the protests. On Thursday, she extended the state’s stay at home orders until at least May 28th.