Pro-Trump protesters push back on stay-at-home orders in Texas

A growing number of protests are being staged in Texas and across the U.S. to oppose...
A growing number of protests are being staged in Texas and across the U.S. to oppose stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. (CNN VAN photo)(KWTX)
Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 5:29 PM CDT
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A growing number of protests are being staged in Texas and across the U.S. to oppose stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In places like Texas, Oklahoma, and Virginia, small-government groups, supporters of President Donald Trump, anti-vaccine advocates and others have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

As their frustration grows, they’ve started to openly defy the social distancing rules to put pressure on governors to ease them.

Some of the protests have been small events, promoted via recently created Facebook groups.

Others are backed by groups with ties to Mr. Trump.

On Friday Mr. Trump was urging his supporters to “LIBERATE” three states led by Democratic governors, in effect encouraging protests against the stay-at-home restrictions against the coronavirus.

The president took to Twitter on Friday with the kind of rhetoric some of his supporters have used to demand the lifting of the orders that have thrown millions of Americans out of work.