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Trump calls on Michigan governor to “make a deal” with rifle-toting militiamen

Trump calls on Michigan governor to “make a deal” with rifle-toting militiamen

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Yesterday, the nation was treated to the terrifying sight of rifle-toting militiamen storming the Michigan statehouse and occupying it in protest of the governor’s strict quarantine lockdown. The latest in a series of disturbing displays of public defiance against the measures taken to halt the spread of COVID-19, the invasion of the statehouse represented a drastic escalation of astroturfed “protests” that had been previously confined to the steps outside.

Orchestrated behind the scenes by shadowy, billionaire-backed right-wing groups — some even linked to members of the President’s cabinet — yesterday’s fracas was an obvious attempt to intimidate the state government into bending to the will of domestic terrorists and should have been met with the punitive response that their actions demanded.

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Instead, they walked home free — and now the President of the United States is publicly demanding that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer negotiates with these psychopaths.

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It’s very telling to see him use the phrase “very good people” — the same words he used to describe the white supremacists in Charlottesville who murdered progressive activist Heather Heyer. By using those words and calling for negotiation, Trump is implicitly signaling his approval of the forced-reopen movement and applauding the defiance of state authority, setting a deeply dangerous precedent for when he is no longer in office.

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We can expect that once Trump is no longer in office, heavily armed protestors will become much more common as the newly disempowered attempt to impose their will on their elected officials — a very real threat to our democracy that must be nipped in the bud before any real violence breaks out.

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