MSNBC “Conservative” Compares Michigan Protesters to Nazi Brownshirts

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The Michigan State Capitol became a whirlwind of democratic protest on Thursday as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer deliberated over whether or not to extend the state’s coronavirus lockdown. Hundreds of demonstrators showed up in Lansing to protest the orders, which are some of the strictest in the country. Many of them wielded firearms as a demonstration of their Second Amendment rights, and nearly all of them brandished signs demanding that Whitmer close the books on her burdensome orders and let people go back to work.

If these people were in the state capitol shouting “No Justice, No Peace” and protesting police violence against black criminals, we’re sure that the try-hard liberals at MSNBC would have shown them a bit of sympathy. But because the coronavirus shutdowns have become politicized and this was a demonstration of force against a Democratic governor, we got exactly the opposite. The characterization of “end the shutdown” protesters as violent, illiterate rubes continued apace.

This coverage reached an ugly low on Ari Melber’s “The Beat,” where supposed conservative Steve Schmidt said the protesters reminded him of Hitler’s minions.

“It bears mentioning that 45 years ago, today is a moment of American humiliation. The image seared in the consciousness of the last helicoptering living off the roof in Saigon, bringing an end to the Vietnam war. Today, we see a similar disgrace with armed hoodlums, festooned in tactical gear occupying the Michigan state capitol. This is dangerous in a democracy, but this is what Trump has brought after three years in power,” said Schmidt.

“Someone needs to explain to me what the difference is between those guys and a bunch of brown-shirted Stormtroopers in 1925 is,” he continued. “I’m very serious about this. This isn’t about the Second Amendment. This isn’t about gun ownership. These are temples of democracy, these buildings, where we with test the premise each generation, whether we retain the capacity to govern ourselves. Free speech is important in this country. They are not protesters. When you show up in tactical gear carrying a tactical weapon an AR-15, an M-4, an AK-47, you’re there to intimidate. You’re assaulting the tenants of our system, which is a system that exists to preserve the rule of law, that is the oldest constitutional republic in the world.”

Well, we’re looking at a situation where governors like Whitmer have threatened to shut down anti-government protests because they violate social distancing. This is the kind of undemocratic scenario that the left would ordinarily despise, but because the protesters are largely conservative in nature, that flies out the window. So in that environment, why wouldn’t the protesters bring AR-15s? It might remind overzealous government officials that there is such a thing as the Bill of Rights.

At the end of the day, unfortunately, even the evil Stormtroopers couldn’t secure their freedoms. Whitmer, defying her legislature and the law, extended the stay-at-home order for an additional 30 days.

“COVID-19 is an enemy that has taken the lives of more Michiganders than we lost during the Vietnam War,” Whitmer said in a statement. “While some members of the legislature might believe this crisis is over, common sense and all of the scientific data tells us we’re not out of the woods yet. By refusing to extend the emergency and disaster declaration, Republican lawmakers are putting their heads in the sand and putting more lives and livelihoods at risk.”

That may be true and it may not be. But what isn’t debatable is that by essentially ignoring the will of the people and the lawful vote of the legislature, Whitmer has officially overextended her own power. And if standing up for the Constitution and the rule of law makes you a Nazi in the state of Michigan, then that just goes to show you how warped American politics have become.