President Trump called protesters demanding an end to the lockdown “responsible people” – hours after encouraging demonstrations in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia.
Trump had earlier called for the “liberation” of the Democrat-run states in a series of incendiary tweets. The president admitted Thursday it was up to governors to reopen their states amid the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming 29 were close to ending their lockdowns.
Asked about the protesters Friday, Trump said: “These are people expressing their views. They seem to be very responsible people […] they’ve been treated a little bit rough.”
Hours before his conference, Trump tweeted “LIBERATE MINNESOTA.” He then added, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” in a second tweet. In a third tweet, he said: “LIBERATE VIRGINIA.”
All three states are run by Democratic administrations and all three are likely swing states in November’s election.
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