Hillary Clinton has lashed out at the armed demonstrators who have protested at the Michigan state capitol building against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) ongoing coronavirus lockdown, calling such protests “domestic terrorism” and signaling that they must be stopped.
On Friday, Clinton tweeted, “Armed men storming a legislature to disrupt its democratic proceedings is domestic terrorism. It cannot be tolerated.”
The former Democratic presidential nominee’s message included a link to a Newsweek story with the headline: “Michigan closes down capitol in face of death threats from armed protestors against Gov. Whitmer.”
Armed men storming a legislature to disrupt its democratic proceedings is domestic terrorism. It cannot be tolerated.https://t.co/NcCFgA5COE— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 15, 2020
Several protests have been held at the state’s capitol building since Gov. Whitmer imposed one of the most strict stay-at-home orders in the nation. Late last month, protestors—some of whom were armed—poured inside the building itself, demanding to enter the chambers of the House of Representatives as members considered whether or not to extend the lockdown at Whitmer’s request.
The protestors were blocked from entering the House chambers by State Police troopers and House sergeants-at-arms, but the protest remained peaceful. Lawmakers allowed the shutdown order expire, but Whitmer extended it unilaterally, further angering those opposed to the economic shutdown imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hill reported that “one man is reportedly facing charges over death threats to Whitmer, and Newsweek reports there have been posts online calling to lynch her as well as suggestions to crowdfund for a hitman.”
According to the Newsweek article shared by Clinton, “Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) have considered banning firearms from the Capitol building but are awaiting the six-member Michigan State Capitol Commission to figure out if they have the legal authority to do so.”