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Trump defends lockdown protests, noting some governors got ‘carried away’

(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

(USA Features) President Donald Trump on Saturday defended protests by some Americans around the country who are reacting to what they see as overly restrictive measures being taken by governors in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“There is a lot of injustice,” Trump said during the White House press briefing in response to a question from reporters about the growing number of lockdown protests across the country.

In particular, the president pointed to actions taken by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), which many in her state have found over the top.



He cited activities and sales of goods she has banned, which are being opposed by Republicans in Michigan and citizens alike.

“I really believe somebody sitting in their boat in a lake should be ok,” Trump said. “They shouldn’t arrest people.”

Whitmer has banned state residents from boating though kayaking is okay. Also, she has prohibited residents from buying garden seeds and child car seats while allowing the sale of marijuana to continue.

“Some of them are being unreasonable, I really believe that,” Trump said of governors.

The president also cited Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who recently signed a bevy of new gun control laws while his citizens remain under stay-at-home orders until June 10.




He said that the American people were doing a good job adhering to social distance guidelines, suggesting that they did not need more detailed bans.

“I just think that some of the governors have gotten carried away,” he said.

Earlier, Democrats pushed for Trump to issue nationwide stay-at-home instructions but he has steadfastly refused, saying that under the Constitution’s rules of federalism, those orders should come from states.


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