Trump’s Tweet To Liberate Michigan, Minnesota And Virginia on friday went viral and he was involved in a lengthy twitter rampage. Continue reading the whole article –
President Donald Trump on Friday went on a lengthy Twitter rampage that included calls to “liberate” Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia, an open show of support for right-wing demonstrators who are disregarding stay-at-home orders in those states to protest coronavirus social distancing guidelines.
The tweets, fired off in rapid succession late Friday morning, drew condemnation from advocacy groups and other critics who said the president should be focusing his attention on the lagging federal response to the deadly virus outbreak, not urging people to revolt against state guidelines.
“Why is this your priority?” asked Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “Stop tweeting. People are dying.”
Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, pointed out that the president’s tweets came after the U.S. on Thursday recorded its highest one-day coronavirus death toll to date at 4,591.
Trump’s tweet-storm began with an all-caps call to “LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” the slogan used by right-wing demonstrators who rallied outside the home of Minnesota’s Democratic Gov.
A minute later, the president tweeted “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” followed shortly by “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment.” All three states Trump mentioned have Democratic governors.
Here Are The Links To Those Tweets –
Trump’s tweets came less than 24 hours after the White House released new public health guidelines urging states to lift coronavirus prevention measures at their own pace, a retreat from the president’s declaration earlier this week that he has “total” authority to reopen the U.S. economy.
The president’s plan, was vaguely worded and did not contain anything resembling the kind of nationwide testing strategy that public health experts say must be established before any attempt to resume business as usual.
“Until such a program is implemented, any plan for the widespread reopening of American businesses is fatally flawed and pure folly,” Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said in a statement Friday.
“By sending a green light to states to begin reopening businesses,” Carome said, “Trump has all but guaranteed that countless Americans will continue to get infected and die, hospitals will be overwhelmed, and the economic damage will expand.”