The lockdown isn’t going quite well as the democrat Governor of Califonia would have hoped for. Thousands of Americans in Califonia went out in their masses to protest the closing of the beaches and the reopening of their state.
They came with babies strapped to their chests, flags waving and even a speedboat parked at the curb to symbolize California’s closed beaches.
Huntington Beach protests against Gov. @GavinNewsom’s draconian closure of beaches.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) May 2, 2020
Thousands of people crowded around the California State Capitol on Friday to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s social distancing orders amid a pandemic that has now killed more than 2,000 Californians, a figure many are suspicious of after rumours of Covid-19 deaths being exaggerated,
Look around for facts! Hospitals are faking death certificates! They receive 37K for saying they have a Covid patient! Myself, without looking for info on it have come across several people, including funeral directors who are saying it! Wake up!
— Moonlily (@SuzieMoonLily) May 2, 2020
With nary a mask in sight, protesters called Newsom a tyrant and showed their support for President Trump, evidenced by Trump 2020 gear everywhere, including for sale. But despite the president’s back-and-forth support of social distancing, most were quick to absolve him of their anger over current conditions in the Golden State.
Susan Dorrity, a retired mortgage broker from Modesto, said the president was smart to leave decisions about closures to governors.
“Not opening up as of May 1 is on the governor, not on him,” she said. “God is behind Trump.”
The demonstration was unauthorized and not permitted by the California Highway Patrol, but CHP officers did not disperse protesters until late in the afternoon when tense moments led to a handful of arrests.
A woman who identified herself only as Michelle expressed outrage as multiple California Highway Patrol officers secured her wrists with plastic ties.
“We were peacefully assembling and I am getting arrested,” she fumed as her 14-year-old daughter stood by, separated from other family members. The young girl fled past the line of officers in tactical gear with batons out, into a press of protesters, searching for her sister.
Other protests took place elsewhere in California on Friday, along with actions by grocery clerks, warehouse employees and other frontline workers who say employers are not protecting them from the contagion.
The Capitol rally kicked off just as Newsom was giving his daily briefing a few blocks away. Asked about the protest at the still-closed building, Newsom said he supports the right to civic action and promised announcements about changes to closure orders in coming days.
“I believe in freedom of expression,” he said. “And thank them for their expression of free speech.”
About the time Newsom was speaking, Susan West stood waving a flag out the open sunroof of a gold Lexus SUV stuck in gridlock in front of the Capitol. Along with those on foot, hundreds more circled in the building in cars, license plates covered in duct tape, blaring their horns and ringing cowbells. Amid the clanging and beeps, she shouted a message for Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“We are healthy and we need to open up,” she yelled.
Overhead, a plane circled trailing a banner with Newsom’s photo and a slogan that read: “End his Tyranny.”
President Trump on Friday confirmed that the U.S. government and intelligence agencies are investigating if the coronavirus outbreak began from poor security at a Wuhan laboratory.
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said earlier this week that U.S. intelligence agencies were looking at whether a Wuhan laboratory may have been the source of the deadly outbreak of a disease similar to the severe acute…CONTINUE READING…