The protests have been heavily backed by conservative and far-right groups; a gridlock organised in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday was organised by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, reports The Guardian.
Another rally in Texas was arranged by a host of far-right conspiracy theory show Infowars.
Donald Trump seemed to initially throw support behind the protestors with a series of tweets that urged states to “liberate” themselves.
Trump didn’t seem bothered, brushing the question off with an explanation of “cabin fever”.
I’ve seen the people, I’ve seen interviews with the people, they’re great people.
They’ve got cabin fever, they want to get back.
They want their life back, their life was taken away from them.
I’ve never seen so many American flags.
“There’s Nazi flags there too,” replied the reporter.
“To that I would say no way,” said Trump. “I didn’t see that."
At another point Trump claimed he had a list of governors who had “gone too far”. However, he went on to single out Virginia governor Ralph Northam for new gun control measures that had nothing to do with coronavirus.
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