President Trump has seemingly taken the side of protesters in multiple states who are defying social distancing orders to rally against the safety measures intended to stop the coronavirus spread.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said he tried to call President Trump on Friday after the president tweeted LIBERATE MINNESOTA! in apparent solidarity with protesters defying social distancing orders, but got no response.
Walz said in a news conference that he phoned Trump and Vice President Pence to ask, What we are doing differently about moving towards getting as many people back into the workforce as possible without compromising the health of Minnesotans or the providers?”
The solution will probably take longer than a two-word tweet, he said, but I think theres a responsibility to tell us that.
Hundreds of protesters unhappy with ongoing stay-at-home orders converged outside Walzs residence Friday, calling on the governor to ease social distancing restrictions and allow businesses to reopen. Similar protests took place in Michigan and Virginia. Trump seemed to take the protesters side, tweeting LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” and LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!
The dust-up came as Walz announced plans to gradually ease some restrictions and allow limited outdoor activities in Minnesota.
Id like to know what they think we could have done differently because, again, were leading as we were asked, the governor said of Trumps tweet. Weve kept Minnesotans alive, and were moving people back into the workforce in a safe manner.”
I would argue that were doing everything theyre telling us to do, but the difference is, I actually have to do it, he added.
Minnesota on Friday reported one of its largest single-day increases in coronavirus infections, with health officials tallying more than 150 new cases. Statewide, more than 2,000 people have been infected and at least 111 have died.