Anti-lockdown protests in Michigan continued on Thursday, with a group of protestors gathering at the Capitol building and eventually entering the building. Some of the protesters were armed and openly carrying, which led the mainstream media to falsely describe it as a “storming” of the Capitol, according to Fox News.
The protestors arrived to protest as lawmakers were gathered to vote on a possible extension of the statewide disaster and emergency declaration. Some were armed while others held American flags. The group first gathered outside the building before eventually entering, being stopped just outside the doors to the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives by state police, with some of the protesters chanting “Let us in.”
As a result, some mainstream outlets falsely labeled the protest as a “storming” of the legislature. Far-left socialist Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) tweeted about the protests, falsely claiming that “black people get executed just for existing, while white people dressed like militia members carrying assault weapons are allowed to threaten State Legislature and staff.”
The House eventually adjourned without voting on the emergency extension, but did pass a resolution giving Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Mich.) the authority to make a legal challenge to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D-Mich.) actions.
Michigan has been a hotbed of protests against the mandated stay-at-home orders and other quarantine measures due to the coronavirus outbreak. Governor Whitmer has been widely criticized for overstepping her boundaries as governor by limiting travel between homes, as well as banning the sale of seeds so that Michigan residents can’t grow their own food.