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Governors slam Trump's call to 'liberate' states where protesters object to coronavirus restrictions


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WASHINGTON – Democratic and Republican governors pushed back Sunday on President Donald Trump's tweets to "liberate" states where people protested social distancing measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus. – who said Friday that Trump's "unhinged rantings and calls for people to 'liberate' states could also lead to violence" – told ABC News' "This Week" that Trump's tweets were "dangerous" because some might take them as encouragement to ignore stay-at-home orders and other measures intended to stop the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 40,000 Americans. But, look, we're doing everything we possibly can to reopen in a safe manner," Hogan said Sunday on "State of the Union." Hogan – who has been critical of the president on other issues and considered a primary challenge against him – said he did not think it was "helpful" for Trump "to encourage demonstrations and encourage people to go against the president's own policy." Gov. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, said on "Meet the Press" that the only thing he asked of the protesters "is to observe social distancing." "We're all big believers in the First Amendment.

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