Armed Michigan protesters drew outrage after attending a session at the Michigan State Capitol on Thursday, flaunting their firearms.
Photos and videos of armed militia members parading around Michigan’s Capitol provoked shock, outrage and even prompted some state lawmakers to wear bulletproof vests to work. State Sen. Dayna Polehanki tweeted a photo of several protesters armed with rifles looking down on lawmakers from the gallery. “I have never appreciated our Sergeants-at-Arms more than today,” she wrote. “Some of my colleagues who own bullet proof vests are wearing them. I have never appreciated our Sergeants-at-Arms more than today.”
Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us. Some of my colleagues who own bullet proof vests are wearing them. I have never appreciated our Sergeants-at-Arms more than today. #mileg pic.twitter.com/voOZpPYWOs
— Senator Dayna Polehanki (@SenPolehanki) April 30, 2020
A video tweeted by Local 4 Detroit’s Rod Meloni showed the protesters, some armed with guns and donning bulletproof vests, pushing their way into Michigan State House and gathering within its halls as lawmakers debated an extension to the current stay-at-home order.
Protest moves inside Michigan Capitol. Crowd attempts to get onto Hoise floor. Lots of Michigan State Police and House sergeants at arms blocking door. pic.twitter.com/4FNQpimP4W
— Rod Meloni (@RodMeloni) April 30, 2020
In a tweet on Friday morning, President Donald Trump described the “angry” protesters in Michigan as “very good people” and urged the governor to “talk to them” and “make a deal.”
Some turned their outrage into works of art by cleverly photoshopping the anti-lockdown protester’s guns into giant, colorful dildos.
Check out some of their creativity, below (NSFW):
Are they carrying large dildos like the guys at the Michigan protest? pic.twitter.com/L0qO0E5wwJ
— Andrea (@AndreaSpenco) May 1, 2020
Why did Trump Supporters storm Michigan's capital…..with dildos??? pic.twitter.com/rQKq31TYbD
— billy b (@WilliamWafield) May 1, 2020
FREE MICHIGAN!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ka6Ken5H4x
— supernintendo chalmers (@helmerroids) May 1, 2020
— Shawn (@ShawnAnthony93) May 1, 2020