Trump Calls Armed Michigan Protesters ‘Very Good People’ in Echo of Charlottesville

Trump Calls Armed Michigan Protesters ‘Very Good People’ in Echo of Charlottesville

President Donald Trump has told Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to make a deal with the armed protesters who entered the statehouse on Thursday to oppose Coronavirus restrictions. In an echo of his remarks following a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Trump praised the protesters.

“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire,” Trump tweeted.

“These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.”

Hundreds of protesters, some of them toting guns, entered the state house to demand the state be reopened amid Covid-19 restrictions. Some of the protesters tried to enter the floor of the statehouse chamber, where lawmakers were debating the measures.

Trump’s comments an an eerie echo of his remarks about neo-Nazi demonstrators at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina in 2017. Trump referred to the rally-goers and opponents as ‘very fine people on both sides – a remark that won widespread condemnation.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor