People Had the Perfect Response to Trump's Unhinged Tweets Offering Support for Anti-Lockdown Protesters
In case you haven't noticed, governors across the country have issued orders to stay at home in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus that's caused a national health crisis in United States.
These efforts have already yielded promising results, with death tolls falling under original estimates because more people are staying home.
Unfortunately, President Donald Trump has expressed an eagerness to scale back these measures in order to prop up the impacted economy—even if it means an otherwise avoidable loss of life.
Trump's sycophants on Fox News and other outlets—like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham—have echoed these sentiments.
Despite what the President has said in the past, the decision doesn't lie with him—it lies with the governors who implemented the orders in the first place.
As a result of the President's rhetoric, protestors took to the streets this week—flouting social distancing and stay at home orders—demanding governors reopen stores, schools, and non-essential businesses across the state.
Will be forever haunted by this image of protestors in Ohio demanding the governor open businesses back up https://t.co/P0nivaYSsY— future canon (@future canon)1586977884.0
RECKLESS Protestors outside the Governor of Minnesota's House chanting, "Open UP". This in on YOU Trump. #COVID19 https://t.co/gfluXIgSvh— Peter Morley (@Peter Morley)1587144554.0
Protestors yelling outside @GovAndyBeshearâ��s press room. â��Facts over fearâ�� they also yell https://t.co/ASfyE7Kigl— Matt Stone (@Matt Stone)1586987152.0
Protestors demonstrated in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and other states, waving American flags, as well as Trump flags and confederate flags. Some of them reportedly blocked ambulances and hospitals.
The virus is highly contagious—surging from 58 deaths on March 14 to over 25,000 deaths by April 14—so large gatherings like this are downright dangerous not just to those in attendance, but to anyone those people come in contact with.
Nevertheless, the President appeared to support the idea behind the protests, tweeting to "LIBERATE" states from the expert-recommended stay at home measures.
LIBERATE MICHIGAN!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1587136961.0
LIBERATE MINNESOTA!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1587136908.0
LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1587137145.0
Exhausted by a pattern of chaos, misinformation, and rage from this President, people began calling for the United States' liberation from him.
Calls to "liberate America" and "liberate the White House" soon began trending.
Dear Mr. President: As a Virginian I find your tweet deplorable! And likely treasonous. You are inciting rebellionâ�¦ https://t.co/LSLGQeqrhq— Sophia A. Nelson (@Sophia A. Nelson)1587139885.0
Voters liberated those states by electing #Democratic governors- and will LIBERATE AMERICA when we elect Joe! https://t.co/2x4RI7I1Yw— Christine Pelosi (@Christine Pelosi)1587140598.0
LIBERATE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM YOU! https://t.co/UDleii1oM5— Ana Navarro-CÃ¡rdenas (@Ana Navarro-CÃ¡rdenas)1587138950.0
Be sure to liberate the White House of this nacho cheesier buffoon this November. https://t.co/flPTsaGYUv— Philip Wesley (@Philip Wesley)1587142839.0
Liberate the White House from this sociopath in November We can also liberate America from Trumpâ��s @gop accomplicâ�¦ https://t.co/ZhA6CT6f3v— Jonathan Jewel (@Jonathan Jewel)1587139435.0
People were concerned that Trump's tweets—especially the one urging Virginians to "save" their Second Amendment—could be taken by some supporters as a call to incite violence, as Trump's rhetoric has done repeatedly.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Trump's comments today: "His unhinged rantings and calls for people to 'liberate' staâ�¦ https://t.co/DfAQukjXH0— Mike Baker (@Mike Baker)1587152978.0
This #President is now truly getting out of control. In talking about â��liberatingâ�� the states, he is using languagâ�¦ https://t.co/zcahDnNtep— Governor Christine Todd Whitman (@Governor Christine Todd Whitman)1587149745.0
To be clear, trump calling for a liberation of Virginia, Michigan and Minnesota is an incitement of violence by reaâ�¦ https://t.co/MZMRpDmmGl— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila)1587156612.0
In one of his most unhinged moves since pretending to become president, Trump is attempting to incite civil unrest.â�¦ https://t.co/jq2gD7uA3s— Dr. David A. Lustig (@Dr. David A. Lustig)1587155087.0
There is, however, a sliver of good news: You can help us liberate the White House in November. Are you registered to vote?
For a deeper look into the chaos of the Trump era, check out Everything Trump Touches Dies, available here.