Is Trump Calling for a Civil War? Calls to 'Liberate' Several States and to Defy Stay-At-Home Orders

Published April 19th, 2020 - 07:45 GMT
Is Trump Calling for a Civil War? Calls to 'Liberate' Several States and to Defy Stay-At-Home Orders
Governors of several states have refused the president's plans to reopen the country before the virus is under control. (AFP)

After several tweets calling on residents of US states with Democratic governors to "liberate" their states and challenge stay-at-home orders, US President Donald Trump has been accused of inciting violence and according to some people "calling for a civil war".

In a series of tweets, Donald Trump expressed his dissatisfaction with governors' decisions to impose lockdowns on their states in efforts to contain and control the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Concerned about a potential economic collapse after weeks of slowdown that has caused about 16 million Americans to lose their jobs, the US President has often promised to reopen the country as soon as possible. The President has also been blamed for rushing into reopening, by people who linked his remarks to his efforts to carry on with his re-election campaigns and planned rallies across the States.

On the other hand, governors of several states have refused the president's plans to reopen the country before the virus is under control, especially after the country has witnessed yet the highest global record of confirmed cases; mounting to almost a million cases and about 40k deaths.

Trump's calls have ignited reactions by many of his supporters ,who took to the streets in several states including Texas, Minnesota and Ohio defying social distancing rules and demanding an immediate lift of the lockdown, to avoid an economic disaster.

Some protesters were seen with their guns and confederate flags holding signs that referred to lockdown decisions as "oppressive" and "tyrannical." Protesters also chanted slogans against the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Anthony Fauci, demanding that he gets fired.

Some signs also showed rejection of wearing protective masks and a refusal to receive anti-covid19 vaccines once they are ready.


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