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Trump says stay-at-home protesters 'seem to be very responsible'

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Published on April 18, 2020 - Duration: 01:41s

Trump says stay-at-home protesters 'seem to be very responsible'

During the coronavirus Task Force briefing on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about protesters defying state-imposed restrictions due to the coronavirus, such as in Michigan and Virginia.

"I see where they are and I see the way they're working.

They seem to be very responsible people to me," said Trump.

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Trump says stay-at-home protesters 'seem to be very responsible'

The U.S. coronavirus crisis took a sharp political turn on Friday as President Donald Trump lashed out at four Democratic governors over their handling of the pandemic after having conceded that states bear ultimate control of restrictions to contain the outbreak.

The Republican president targeted three swing states critical to his re-election bid - Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia - where his conservative loyalists have mounted pressure campaigns challenging those governors' stay-at-home orders.

Amplifying a theme that his supporters have trumpeted this week in street protests at the state capitals of Lansing, St.

Paul, and Richmond, Trump issued a series of matching Twitter posts touting the slogans: "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!" and "LIBERATE VIRGINIA!" Michigan has become a particular focus of agitation to relax social-distancing rules that rank among the strictest in the nation after Governor Gretchen Whitmer, widely seen as a potential running mate for presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, extended them through the end of April.

Protesters defying the restrictions from the steps of the state Capitol on Wednesday shouted "lock her up," a chant that was a staple of Trump's campaign rallies and originally referred to his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

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