'We're not New York': Trump supporters among groups protesting stay-at-home orders - 2020-04-17
While many Americans are filled with fear, Melissa Ackison says the coronavirus pandemic has filled her with anger. The stay-at-home orders are government overreach, the conservative Ohio state Senate candidate says, and she believes the labelling of some workers as "essential" is arbitrary.
"It enrages something inside of you," said Ackison, who was among those who protested Gov. Mike DeWine's orders at the statehouse in Columbus with her 10-year-old son. She has "no fear whatsoever" of contracting the virus, she said Thursday, dismissing it as hype.
In places like Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia, supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, small-government supporters, anti-vaccine advocates and gun-rights backers have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus.