Dozens of protesters, some of whom were armed, gathered Thursday inside Michigan’s Capitol building to voice their opposition to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, with tensions high as lawmakers were poised to debate an extension of the declaration.
Holding American flags and handmade signs, the demonstrators in Lansing first congregated shoulder-to-shoulder outside before demanding to be let inside the building. Some chanted “Let us in,” The Detroit News reported.
ARMED Trump supporters who oppose Michigan's stay-at-home order to slow coronavirus "occupied" the state Capitol in Lansing today. Some carried assault-style rifles.
Now imagine they are Black men, or Muslim.
— Xeni Jardin 😷🏠 (@xeni) April 30, 2020
please, please consider for just one moment what the result would be if this were a crowd of heavily armed black men and women trying to take over the Michigan capitol.
we've been met with SWAT teams when we've asked not to be murdered on site for committing misdemeanors… https://t.co/CKC57fg9cu
— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) April 30, 2020