Grand Rapids’ ABC News affiliate reports:
President Donald Trump backed protesters in Michigan in a Friday morning tweet, saying Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should “give a little, and put out the fire.” Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Capitol in Lansing on Thursday, requesting to end Michigan’s state of emergency.
However, as the afternoon went on, some protesters moved into the building during the legislative session. People also chanted “let us in,” as they banged on the chamber doors. Some protesters even had rifles on their shoulders and demanded to be allowed on the House floor during the legislative session.
The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2020
angry mob brandishing military-grade weapons because they’re mad at having to stay at home = “good people”
athlete taking a knee to protest centuries of systemic racism = “son of a b”
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 1, 2020
Donald Trump's guide to diversity:
Haitians: Have AIDS
Nigerians: Live in huts
American Indians: Pocahontas
Black Americans: Disrespectful ingrates
Mexicans: Criminals, rapists
Muslims: Evil terrorists
White supremacists: Very fine people
Armed extremists: Very good people
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 1, 2020
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) April 30, 2020
After the armed mob got into the Michigan statehouse they made their way to the chamber doors.
Where they shouted: “LET US IN!!”
This is not a protest, or peaceful.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) April 30, 2020
— Usman Ally (@UsmanAlly) May 1, 2020
Protests in Lansing #Michigan starting to bear resemblance with militia parades in Middle East.
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) April 30, 2020