Quarrel with governors
“Free Virginia! Free Minnesota! ”Trump heats up heavily armed demonstrators
19.04.2020 | 07:44
President Donald Trump’s attacks on the governors of the 50 states are becoming increasingly drastic. On Twitter, Trump now called on citizens in three states to “liberate” their home state and “save” their right to use weapons. The governors are horrified.
US President Donald Trump has shown solidarity with demonstrators who are calling for an end to the exit restrictions due to the corona virus. “Liberate Minnesota!” And “Liberate Michigan!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday, followed by: “Liberate Virginia, and save your great second constitutional amendment. He is under siege! ”The second amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right to carry arms. The number of confirmed corona infections in the USA has meanwhile increased to more than 700,000.
Demonstrations against coronavirus exit restrictions have been held in all three states in the past few days. All three countries are also governed by Democratic Party politicians – Trump, on the other hand, is a Republican.
Armed protesters in front of the Capitol
During the largest protest, around 3,000 protesters, some of whom were armed, protested in Lansing, Michigan’s capital, on Wednesday, some wearing Trump campaign caps and flags. On Friday around 800 people demonstrated in front of the governor’s residence in Minnesota’s capital St. Paul under the banner “Liberated Minnesota”.
Also on Friday, Trump attacked New York state democratic governor Andrew Cuomo. He should “go out and do his job,” he wrote of the head of government of the state most severely affected by the coronavirus, with more than 10,000 fatalities. Cuomo responded with the succinct remark that if Trump “sits at home and watches TV, he should get up and go to work”.
“No time to deal with Twitter wars”
Exit restrictions currently apply in more than 40 of the 50 U.S. states. Trump had made it clear on several occasions that he wanted an end to the restrictions in order to boost the economy again. The US president fears that he will be re-elected in the fall if the economy does not recover by then. However, the decision-making power rests with the governors of the individual states.
Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer responded to Trump’s Twitter messages by saying that she hoped they would “not encourage further protests”. Michigan will then bring business back to normal, “if it is safe,” she said.
Virginia’s governor Ralph Northam said that given the fight against the corona virus, he had “no time to deal with Twitter wars.” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said to the President’s tweets that his primary role was to ensure the safety of his state’s residents. He did not have the time to consider why Trump wrote such messages.
“The President has Derailed”
The governor of the state of Washington, however, sharply criticized Trump. “It puts millions of people at risk of developing Covid-19. His disturbing tirades and calls for people to ‘liberate states’ could also lead to violence, ”Inslees said on Friday. “The president has been derailed.” Further demonstrations against the Corona measures are planned for Saturday, including in New Hampshire, Maryland, Texas and Colorado.
The United States is now the country with the highest number of confirmed corona infections worldwide. Their number rose to more than 700,200 on Friday (local time), according to Johns Hopkins University. Almost 37,000 people died as a result.