Hillary Clinton Calls Those Protesting Against Lockdown ‘Domestic Terrorists’

Twice failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said those individuals who were standing outside of the Michigan capitol building in defiance of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown orders are guilty of committing “domestic terrorism.”

The protestors, several of them exhibiting their Second Amendment rights to be armed, were rallied against extending closures across the state.

“Armed men storming a legislature to disrupt its democratic proceedings is domestic terrorism,” Clinton said in a tweet on Friday afternoon.

The former first lady and Secretary of State also shared a Newsweek article that said Michigan residents were threatening the governor in private social media groups, which she said: “cannot be tolerated.”

The Hill reports:

On Thursday, armed protesters had gathered outside the state Capitol for planned “judgment day” demonstrations against the state’s stay-at-home order, which opponents have demanded be lifted as businesses and the economy [continue to] suffer during the pandemic.

Some 200 protesters turned out for Thursday’s event, where one demonstrator was seen carrying an American flag with a doll hanging by a noose. The event mirrored a similar protest at the end of April, during which hundreds of protesters — many armed with rifles — entered the Capitol.

According to Newsweek, Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel are looking into what legal action they can take about banning firearms from the Capitol building. The duo is waiting, however, for the Michigan State Capitol Commission to determine what legal recourse they could take or if a potential ban is even legal to do so.

“There are legislators who are wearing bulletproof vests to go to work,” Whitmer told ABC News last week, per the report. “No one should be intimidated by someone who’s bringing in an assault rifle into their workplace.”

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Democrats in the Michigan state capitol have introduced legislation that would prohibit firearms from public areas including the Capitol building.

“We have an obligation to keep all visitors and workers at the Capitol safe,” Democratic state Senator Mallory McMorrow said in a resolution.

“When I read some of the words that were published this week, it’s not about staying at home, it’s not about maybe losing your business … it’s about spreading blood on the front lawn of this building, and I would be lying if I said that sitting in my chair with four men in rifles behind me didn’t make me think that I was going to be [dying from gun violence] very soon,” McMorrow said, introducing the bill to the House floor.

“Yeah, we’re supposed to stand up here and say we’re brave and we’re not intimidated,” she continued, “but guess what: That is damned intimidation and it is not welcome, and my question back is what the hell are we going to do about it? Or do we wait until something happens?”

Conversely, President Trump has expressed support for Michigan residents and those who oppose the lockdown orders.

CNN reports:

President Donald Trump sided with protesters — some of whom were armed — in Michigan on Friday, for their effort to reopen parts of the state after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her emergency declaration keeping some businesses shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The message was the latest example of Trump’s efforts to side with Americans, and in particular his own supporters, who are agitating for their states to lift restrictions on businesses and residents. Last month, he encouraged similar protests in states led by Democrats by calling for them to “LIBERATE.”

“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire,” Trump wrote on Friday. “These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.”

Trump specifically named Michigan in a series of tweets last month.

“LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” he tweeted as the governor announced the lockdown extension.

The president has expressed support for residents of other states as well.