HILLARY Clinton has branded the armed anti-coronavirus protesters in Michigan as “domestic terrorists,” as tempers flared up again.
The Democrat former First Lady, 72, took aim at the protesters in Michigan who wanted the coronavirus restrictions lifted.
In a Twitter message Friday the former Secretary of State wrote: “Armed men storming a legislature to disrupt its democratic proceedings is domestic terrorism. It cannot be tolerated.”
The city closed its capitol building on Thursday and canceled its legislative session following online death threats targeting Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The threats were made by protesters who planned to take part in the “Judgement Day” protest at the capitol.
They opposed the restrictions put in place by Whitmer to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Dozens of posts in private invitation-only Facebook groups called for Whitmer to be hanged, lynched, shot, beaten or beheaded, according to Newsweek.
One suggested crowdfunding sources to hire a hitman to kill her.
At one of several protests on Thursday in Michigan, a fight broke out over a hanged doll representing Gov Gretchen Whitmer as armed militia men demonstrated in front of the state capitol.
The protests in Michigan were just one of a number of increasingly angry demonstrations in the US over the lockdown restrictions, which many protesters see as infringing on their human rights.
Demonstrators gathered outside the Thompson Center and the State Capitol Building in Illinois on Saturday as they called on Gov J.B. Pritzker to end his stay-at-home executive order.
Several conservative and Republican speakers spoke at the rallies in Chicago, the scene of a tense standoff between police officers and protesters, and in Springfield.
Many brandished signs demanding "FREEDOM" while others slammed Pritzker and compared the governor – who is Jewish – to Adolf Hitler.
Other signs suggested his executive order is part of a political ploy to sabotage President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.
President Donald Trump has put his support behind the protesters.
Mr Trump blasted out two retweets on Saturday after protesters in Long Island hurled abuse at a local reporter filming the rally and the video since went viral.
He celebrated the group, describing them as "great people" and denouncing the journalist's work as "fake news."
Protestors were decrying Governor Cuomo's lockdown measures, which have since been extended until June 13 for regions hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Previously, the 45th president backed similar protesters in Michigan at the end of last month.
He encouraged similar protests in states led by Democrats by calling for them to "LIBERATE."
He wrote recently: "The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire.
"These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal."
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Trump's tweet, claiming he was supporting Americans' First Amendment right to protest.
Mr Trump is worried about his re-election fears for a second term in the White House as the unemployment rate has risen sharply and protests have become increasingly angry as people are worried over their future.
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