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North Carolina Lockdown Protesters Arrested for Rallying Outside of the Governor’s Mansion

They are willing to suffer jail time to promote the cause of freedom.

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Three anti-lockdown protesters in North Carolina, including ReOpenNC founder Ashley Smith, were arrested outside of the mansion of Governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday morning.

The protesters were arrested for violating police orders when they stepped on the sidewalk outside of the governor’s mansion. A fourth person was put into a police vehicle but ultimately escaped charges.

“This is how Nazi Germany started,” said Ashley Smith’s husband, Adam, who was given bail money by other protesters. He called each of the officers enforcing the unconstitutional orders a “little piggy” with a bullhorn as they hauled his wife off.

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Not every government official in the Tar Heel State is on the side of lockdown tyranny though. State Rep. Michael Speciale, a Craven County Republican legislator, joined the freedom protesters while dressed for the part. He was dawning a colonial-era suit with a tri-cornered hat atop his head.

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“This is the governor’s show now,” he said. “He’s got to fix it. We can’t just come in and override it. We don’t have the votes for that.”

Speciale admitted that Republicans “bit our tongues through Cooper’s order” at first despite his belief that it is unconstitutional. However, more Republicans are finding their spine as the lockdown continues and absolutely devastates the state economy.

Rep. Keith Kidwell, a Republican from Beaufort County, has recently filed legislation in the state assembly to make sure that something like “this could never happen” again. His bill would require the governor to get explicit approval from the Council of State before he could deploy emergency measures.

Gov. Cooper is doubling down on the economic shutdown despite the push back. He said that he knows that it is “frustrating to be at home so much” and displayed sympathy for “people with families that are hanging by a thread.” However, he refuses to relax his restrictions that are destroying the economic security of thousands of families throughout his state.

“The thing we have to put first and foremost is the public health and safety of North Carolinians,” Cooper said. “We have to make sure that things are safe. I’m very eager to move into our phases of reopening. We have a way to look at the indicators to tell us how fast we are going to get there. I hope we move through these as quickly as possible.”

Before her arrest, Smith gave an impassioned speech from the back of a pickup truck about the need for resistance against the governor’s tyrannical orders.

“We’ll all go to church, we’ll open our businesses and we’ll buy what we want,” she said. “We will not go down gently. … If you feel the need to stay home, it is your God-given right to do so. But we want to live!”

Smith was arrested with activists Wendy Kath Macasieb and Lisa Marks Todd and charged with violating an executive order and resisting a public officer. Their arrests are only expected to galvanize the freedom protesters further as they continue to battle against Cooper’s edicts.

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Virginia’s Ralph Northam Caught At Beach Without Facemask, Social Distancing

Northam has mandated strict coronavirus restrictions.

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A new photo has emerged of controversial Virginia Governor Ralph Northam inspecting safety measures while inspecting a public beach at Virginia Beach. In the photo, Northam is neither wearing a facemask or keeping six feet of distance away from other people, as suggested by social distancing guidelines.

Northam was caught engaging in the hypocritical conduct on Saturday.

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As Governor, he’s urged Virginians to wear face masks and to maintain social distance from others. The state is currently slated to keep its stay-at-home restrictions in place for a lengthier duration than other states, with one public health official claiming that the state’s reopening would be a “two year affair.”

The Governor’s staff issued an excuse for his irresponsible conduct on Saturday, claiming ignorance towards the possibility of entering close proximity with other people.

This isn’t the first report suggesting that Governor Northam is engaging in rank hypocrisy amidst widespread disruption to the lives of everyday citizens during the coronavirus epidemic. Multiple witnesses in Dare County, North Carolina, have claimed that either Northam or his personal family members have violated both county and state stay-at-home restrictions through travel to Northam’s luxurious oceanfront vacation home. Northam denied the reports, but is yet to answer why cars with his distinguishable license plates have been arriving at the gated community where his vacation home is.

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The beachfront incident is perhaps the latest corroborating evidence of hypocrisy and an elitist double standard. Luxury and leisure for me, and restrictions for thee?

 

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