Courtesy of NBC News:

Hundreds of Michigan residents protested outside the state Capitol building in Lansing on Thursday, with some pushing inside while the Legislature was debating an extension of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Protesters held signs, waved American flags and even carried firearms while some chanted, “Let us in!” and “This is the people’s house, you cannot lock us out,” and others tried to get onto the House floor but were blocked by state police and sergeants-at-arms, according to WDIV-TV, an NBC affiliate in Detroit.

A state police spokesman told NBC News that it is legal in Michigan to carry firearms as long as it is done with lawful intent and the weapon is visible.

The protest, dubbed the “American Patriot Rally,” was organized by Michigan United for Liberty to call for the reopening of businesses.

State lawmakers are expected to vote on the 28-day extension of the state of emergency before it expires at midnight.

Whitmer, a Democrat who has faced fierce backlash for her strict stay-at-home mandate, extended that order earlier this month until May 15, but eased some restrictions on public activities as the state’s coronavirus cases stabilize. The state, however, still has more than 40,000 cases and is one of the hardest-hit states.

Here was a tweet from one state senator who was terrified by what she was witnessing. 

It goes without saying that if these were black or Hispanic protesters walking around armed to the teeth and storming the capitol that there would be blood flowing down the senate hallways. 

These are entitled assholes who cannot understand why they have to be inconvenienced just to help keep their fellow citizens alive. 

Simply put if you terrify people by brandishing weapons or through threatening behaviors you are a terrorist.