The state of Maryland, like many, have relatively strict stay at home orders in place. And as has become common in these states, citizens are getting tired of the draconian measures set by their governor and beginning to protest.
This past weekend held one of Maryland’s most massive protest rallies to date, organized by a group known as ReOpen Maryland. But the governor there dismissed the protest as a vast misrepresentation of the rest of the state.
Larry Hogan, the Republican governor with stricter than most tendencies, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, the day after the protest, that only “a couple dozen people” showed up to protest. And while they had “every right” to do so, their numbers were not significant enough to represent the state as a whole.
Furthermore, he added that more people had died from the virus in the state that day than showed up to demand reopening procedures be started. “Sadly, we had far more people die yesterday in Maryland than we had protesters.” According to the state, Saturday reported 30 new coronavirus related deaths.
However, it seems that “Lockdown Larry,” as many of his citizens are calling him, is either grossly misinformed or he is merely lying to the American public.
It has been noted by several sources, including the protest group, that their numbers were actually in the hundreds. The protest, as the state is under strict social distancing guidelines, was a cross-state vehicle one that began in Fredrick, Maryland, and traveled some 150+ miles to reach Salisbury, where Republican state Representative Harris spoke to the crowd in affirmation of their cause.
Upon meeting at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick early Saturday morning, it was noted that at least 265 vehicles had chosen to participate, each with a driver and several passengers. And as the drive began and continued on its route, more cars joined in.
Several sources report that upon one stretch of Interstate 70 and exiting onto the Baltimore Beltway, an unbroken line of cars could be seen for some 50 miles. Each was waving American flags, painted with protest remarks such as “All Jobs are Essential,” and filled with people. Many vehicles even sported demands to have ‘Lockdown Larry’ resign.
The sight drew in more and more crowds by the second, with many joining in or standing on overpasses, waving their own flags, or honking horns. So many people helped to participate along the way to Salisbury that the group said it was difficult to known just how many protested that day.
But remember, Governor Hogan said it was only a couple dozen. And that those few didn’t matter.
Once the large mass of vehicles reached Salisbury, Rep. Harris was there to greet them, thank them for their participation, and encourage them in their goal of demanding that Maryland reopen its non-essential businesses and economy so that people could get some semblance of normal back.
Harris told the crowds, “Now, I didn’t wake up in Communist China and I didn’t wake up in North Korea this morning and tomorrow I should be able to wake up and go to the church of my choice and worship any way I choose,’ reminding the people of their constitutional rights and that as long as this is America, those rights are not to be trampled on by some governor feeling the need to flex his muscles.
Of course, Hogan didn’t much appreciate Harris’ words, and basically rebuked them on Facebook, while at the same time admitting that he had a right to say “whatever crazy things he wants to say.”
But ReOpen Maryland was right there to back Harris up and call Hogan out for his grand misstatement of a ‘couple dozen’ people. Their post read, “We had hundreds of protesters, not a ‘couple dozen’ – check any video. You are clearly misstating the truth here – we did NOT have ‘far more people die in Maryland’ than we had protesters. In fact, we had more protesters by a factor of 10.”
I’m pretty sure if I were in Hogan’s shoes, with a public that no longer wanted me in office, lying to them would be the last thing I consciously did. Then again, it may not matter what else he does for very long, as Hogan may soon find himself without a job. As it is now, he is already being sued by Maryland Delegate Dan Cox for giving “Overreaching Executive Orders.”