Donald Trump says anti-lockdown protesters are “taking social distance” despite proof that they are not
Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that protesters against lockdowns distance themselves socially, despite clear evidence to the contrary, for firing the CDC chief for calling them “unhelpful,” arguing that “they want their lives back.”
The president told reporters during his daily briefing, “I haven’t looked at some of the protests in detail, but I’ve seen that and they’re separated, with a lot of space in between.”
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of North Carolina, Missouri, Alabama, and Florida to demand that governors end the coronavirus lockout rules and reopen the states on Tuesday.
They were depicted standing close to each other, ignoring the social distance rules that health experts say are critical to saving lives amid the deadly outbreak.
Trump said, “They look, believe it or not, they take social distance, if you can believe it and they are. And they protest and the groups I’ve seen are very spread out, so I think that’s good. ‘
The president had supported the protesters last week, calling them “very responsible people.” He said on Sunday that he saw protesters who were looking forward to abiding by the measures and who were two meters apart.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday that a second wave of coronavirus could be “even more difficult” next winter.
Robert Redfield warned that the “attack on our country” may “be even more difficult than the one we just went through.” He labeled anti-lockdown protests “not helpful.”
But the president hit back and said, “Look, it’s not a question of helping or not, people want to get back to work, they want to make a living. They have to take care of their family. They don’t want to do this.
“It is a pity, but you have a lot of people who would like to return. We must rebuild our country. People have really been through a lot. About a second wave, Trump said, “I really believe we can put out the fires. It’s just like burning. And we have learned a lot. ‘
Donald Trump, in the photo, insisted on Tuesday that anti-lockdown protesters take social distance despite clear evidence to the contrary, firing the CDC chief for calling them ‘unhelpful’, arguing that ‘they are taking their lives want back ‘
People hold up signs that say ‘Fauci is corrupt’, ‘Enough is enough’ and ‘A man chooses, a slave obeys’
Raleigh, North Carolina: Police bikes are at the forefront of the crowd in Raleigh. Hundreds have been taken on the roads, with social distances totally disregarded
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets for the second week in a row to demand that Governor Roy Cooper put an end to the state’s coronavirus locking rules and reopen the state for business
Trump sparked anger at Democratic governors on Friday when he ran a series of tweets calling for the liberation of states – a day after he said he would leave the decision to reopen states to individual governors.
He tweeted ‘Liberate Minnesota’ on Friday before continuing with similar tweets for Michigan and Virginia.
All three states Trump has elected have democratic governors – and may be swing states in the 2020 elections.
Trump gave the country’s governors last week his roadmap for how the U.S. can reopen companies and schools closed by the corona virus.
Demonstrators marched to downtown Raleigh North Carolina meet all day at 11am outside the General Assembly and fill Lane Street.
The ReOpenNC protest started just minutes after the state announced that another 34 people have been killed by the coronavirus, which is the deadliest day North Carolina has seen to date during the pandemic.
This was the second week of protests in North Carolina, with Tuesday’s event drawing a larger audience of about 1,000 to its peak and political leaders joining.
Protesters were cornered on Tuesday by social distance, with people packing much closer together than the six-foot guidelines and ignoring health warnings to wear masks.
Governor Roy Cooper previously said residents have the right to protest after the State Capitol police arrested a woman last week.
But he said protesters should practice social distance while doing so in accordance with his executive order.
Rather than protective gear, many wore Trump 2020 paraphernalia, including hats, flags, and T-shirts, as well as merchandise to promote Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who had been eyeing the state governor’s job.
Others held signs that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s infectious disease expert, was accused of being “corrupt”. Others said, “No Fauci, No Gates, No Fear.”
Some organizers claimed the protest was two-fold, but the sea of Republican and ‘MAGA’ propaganda – along with yelling at Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi – suggested the crowd was predominantly right-wing.
One sign read ‘Research COVID and 5G’. Conspiracy theorists have wrongly speculated that the 5G mobile network created the virus.
The death toll in the United States on Tuesday evening was over 44,000 – the highest in the world – with more than 800,000 confirmed infections.
Actual figures are believed to be much higher, in part due to limited testing and difficulties in counting the deaths.
Demonstrators marched all day in downtown Raleigh and gathered outside the General Assembly at 11am. and filling Lane Street
This was the second week of protests in North Carolina, with Tuesday’s event drawing a larger audience of about 1,000 to its peak and political leaders joining
Republican Representative Dan Bishop of the Ninth District of North Carolina was depicted in the crowd with a mask on, which he sometimes took off while carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer and copies of the Constitution.
“I’m definitely going to deliver this to Roy Cooper because he’s forgotten what it’s about,” said Bishop The News & Observer.
Demonstrators demand an end to the state freeze, claiming that it takes away their freedom and that companies are damaged beyond repair.
Governor Cooper previously said residents have the right to protest, but must practice social distance while doing so in accordance with his executive order. But it was seen that protesters completely ignored social distance, with people packing much closer together than the six-foot guidelines and ignoring most health warnings to wear masks
Demonstrators hold up banners with slogans, including “No Mandatory Vaccines,” “Reopen NC !!” and ‘Freedoms are essential’
They presented banners with slogans such as “Freedoms are essential”, “Rights are not an option” and “Everyone here knows the truth except the Democrats!”
Other signs say, “Enough is enough” and “A man chooses, a slave obeys.”
Cars with ‘Make America safe again! Trump 2020 ‘drove through the streets with horns and drivers shouting from their open windows.
Some passengers seemed to be enjoying themselves with a woman who beamed as she poked her head out of the sunroof of a car and raised her thumbs up.
Many protesters brought their children along – even without face masks – which put them at risk of exposure to the virus.
A woman who said her family’s roofing business was severely hit by mass closings had taken her four young children to the protest.
She told The News & Observer that she left it to God if her family caught the deadly virus.
“Our faith is in God,” said Tabitha Dawes. “If we get it, we’ll get it.”
A group of health professionals gathered in their scrubs to protest the calls for reopening, with a pharmacist telling The News & Observer that they were “very concerned” that the outbreak could worsen if the state reopens too soon.
“I am very concerned that we are opening North Carolina too early,” said Nicholas Blanchard. “I’m here to make people understand that this is a problem. I want people to follow science and not their emotions. ‘
Demonstrators demand an end to the state freeze, claiming that it takes away their freedom and damages businesses irreparably
Rather than protective gear, many wore Trump 2020 paraphernalia, including hats, flags, and T-shirts, as well as merchandise promoting Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who has been watching the governor’s job
Some organizers claimed the protest was two-fold, but the sea of Republican and ‘MAGA’ propaganda – along with yelling at Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi – suggested the crowd was predominantly right-wing
As protesters flocked to the streets demanding it is time to reopen the state, official figures suggest that North Carolina may not be out of the woods yet.
The death toll rose another 34 people on Tuesday morning, bringing the total to 235, which is the deadliest day North Carolina has seen to date during the pandemic.
The confirmed cases reached 7,099, after another 187 had also been tested positive for the infection.
Cooper said at a news conference that afternoon that he understood that people were “frustrated” about the blockage, but that measures to slow the spread of the virus have worked.
“I know that many people are frustrated, restless, anxious and eager to return to work and school. I also know that many people want to make sure that their families are as safe as possible from this virus, ”he said.
Under increasing pressure from people who wanted to return to work, Cooper also issued a new executive order on Tuesday to help people lose their jobs because of the pandemic.
Under the new order, workers made redundant can now claim unemployment benefits.
A man holds up a banner saying ‘Let us out’ amid people crowded together in Raleigh
A group of health workers gathered in their scrubs to protest the calls for reopening
A pharmacist told The News & Observer that they were “very concerned” that the outbreak could worsen if the state reopens too soon. Stand against protesters when people with ReopenNC demonstrate in Raleigh, N.C., to pressure Governor Roy Cooper to reopen businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak
Protests also took place in Missouri and Alabama Tuesday with crowds descending to the governors’ official homes to push back against closure.
Crowds flooded an area of Jefferson City, Missouri, and marched past Governor Mike Parson’s mansion to protest his home warrant.
The Reopen protesters in Missouri are calling for “anyone over 70 and anyone with serious underlying health issues to sit up more than they were,” while healthy individuals should return to work, the group’s Facebook page said.
In Alabama, a group called Stand Up Alabama led a car rally called Operation Back to Work, which allowed demanding companies to get back to work.
The uproar comes when Governor Kay Ivey said she plans to keep the order of staying home through April 30, taking a more measured approach, as some southern states try to reopen soon.
The protest was set up by the grassroots organization Reopen NC and aims to put pressure on Governor Cooper
Police officers wear a mask during Tuesday’s protest. As the demonstrations increase, they indicate a growing sentiment among disadvantaged workers that the country should resume economic activity sooner rather than later
Protesters planned to drive vehicles along a designated route, but Tuesday morning, Captain Regina Duckett of Montgomery Police ordered the closure of some streets to prevent the move.
Instead, some were pictured riding down Dexter Avenue in downtown Montgomery on horseback.
Similar protests have taken place in the United States over the past week, largely in Republican states and fueled by President Trump.
Tennessee, Oregon, Illinois, California, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Washington State have all seen demonstrations of protesters seeking to end the state freeze.
In Colorado, on Sunday, hundreds of protesters flocked to the State Capitol at once to urge Governor Jared Polis to lift home orders.
Under the title ‘Operation Gridlock’, the biggest demonstration of the day took place in Denver, where protesters waved flags with slogans like ‘Your’ health ‘doesn’t replace my right’, ‘Freedom over fear’ and ‘I’d rather risk corona virus than socialism after being subpoenaed on social media.
One person’s sign says ‘I need a haircut’ as people – in Trump merchandise and American flags – reopen businesses
A video has been captured of a woman who raises racist racists at a nurse who protests the march.
“This is a free country. Land of the free, ”she shouted at him, pulling out a homemade poster with the same words.
“Go to China if you want communism. Go to China. ‘
Monday morning, the video went viral on social media and ‘Go to China’ was popular on Twitter in the US as users expressed disgust at the woman’s comments.
This followed in scenes Minnesota where on Thursday and Friday about 400 people descended into the St. Paul residence of Governor Tim Walz.
Walz slammed the actions of protesters and urged them to social distance.
“If they protest to stay at home, they also protest with first responders,” he said.
As protests build up across the country, they point to a growing sentiment among disadvantaged workers that the country should resume economic activity sooner rather than later – even though the deaths and infections from the U.S. corona virus continue to increase.
North Carolina residents march through the streets as Governor Cooper announced new efforts to support people fired during the pandemic
“A little rebellion every now and then is a good thing,” one woman’s banner read while the other had a mini-book of the Constitution
People hold signs as they walk past the Governor’s mansion in Jefferson City, Missouri on Tuesday – with very few face masks on
Jacksonville, Florida: A group of people gathered at the Duval County Courthouse to gather to reopen parts of Florida and the country that were closed due to the corona virus on Tuesday
Susan Callahan, a nurse, gathered with a group of people at the Duval County Courthouse to reopen parts of Florida and the country that were closed due to the corona virus
A group of people gathered at the Duval County Courthouse to participate in the reopening of parts of Florida and the country that were closed due to the corona virus on Tuesday
Health experts and governors have consistently warned that re-opening states too quickly could lead to higher fatalities and new outbreaks of the virus.
But President Trump has repeatedly encouraged protesters and even praised their actions during his White House briefing on Sunday.
“I’ve seen the people. I’ve seen interviews with the people. These are great people, Trump said. “They have cabin fever. They want their life back. ‘
The president dismissed the claim that he was encouraging violence with his words of encouragement, as a reporter noted that governors across the country saw an increase in death threats.
‘No that is not me. I’ve never seen so many American flags, ”said Trump. “These people love our country. They want to get back to work. ‘
The new three-phase guidelines aim to ease restrictions in areas of low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in heavier locations such as New York.
Some states, including Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee, have started easing lockdown rules.
Texas was the first state to reopen Monday.
Georgia will reopen some companies as early as Friday, and Tennessee companies may open again next week.
Montgomery, Alabama: Demonstrators drive down Dexter Avenue in downtown Montgomery, Alabama Tuesday, Tuesday
South Carolina allowed some stores – including sporting goods stores and department stores – to reopen on Monday at 5 p.m. with social distance measures and beaches on Tuesday.
Some states, such as hard-hit New York, had already pledged this week to extend lockdown measures to at least mid-May ahead of Trump’s recommendations.
About 95 percent of the country is currently somehow trapped in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Seven states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming – still don’t have home orders for its residents.
The US remains the epicenter of the pandemic, with more than 812,000 cases and 44,000 deaths.