Trump Refuses to Condemn Coronavirus Lockdown Protesters: They 'Like Me' - 2020-04-16

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F375.png Trump Refuses to Condemn Coronavirus Lockdown Protesters: They 'Like Me' April 16, 2020, Hunter Woodall, Daily Beast

As President Donald Trump laid out new federal guidelines for states and stressed their authority Thursday, he stopped short of condemning protesters who challenge it.

Not long after measured remarks to start the day's coronavirus task force briefing, Trump declined to criticize demonstrators in some states refusing to follow stay-at-home orders, claiming that people are "suffering" and saying, "I think they're listening, I think they listen to me," when asked if they should listen to local authorities.

"They seem to be protesters that like me and respect this opinion, and my opinion is the same as just about all of the governors," Trump said.

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