(USA Features) Citing states with more restrictive coronavirus shutdown mandates and other issues, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday to encourage voters to “liberate” Virginia, Michigan, and Minnesota.
The political plea came in response to measures put in place by Democratic governors that are beginning to get pushback from state residents.
“LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” Trump wrote in a missive posted on social media. “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”
“LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”
There were protests planned or were occurring on Friday against mandates issued by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.
Some recent orders issued by Whitmer included questionable bans on items like garden seeds, which triggered widespread protests this week at the state capitol as well as at least one lawsuit, The Epoch Times reported.
Some sheriffs in Michigan said they would not stringently enforce the mandates because they were too ambiguous.
A couple dozen protesters also gathered in Virginia, though they could grow in the coming weeks as Northam’s shutdown order extends to June 10.
Most other states are either extending theirs until the end of April, where they will gauge the prevalence of coronavirus then. A few, including Texas, are considering opening their states up sooner.
On Thursday, President Trump issued new guidelines for reopening the country. The three-phase plan empowers governors to at on their own, the same as when Trump issued shutdown guidelines.
As for Northam, he signed a raft of new gun control measures last week while his residents were under lockdown orders. Democrats won control of both chambers of the legislature in November and vowed then to pass new gun restrictions.