Thousands attend ‘MAGA May Day’ rally against California gov’s virus shutdown but protesters say it’s ‘not about Trump’ – The Sun

THOUSANDS gathered at Huntington Beach, South California, on Friday as part of nationwide protests to open up America, but not everyone was there for "MAGA May Day"

The rallies were held in 10 states, and, in California, campaigners hoped to put pressure on Governor Gavin Newsom to allow non-essential businesses to start trading.



Although the rallies were facilitated by a website name 'Maga Mayday,' which had a tagline of "rally for freedom", a source from the Trump 2020 campaign team told The Sun the official Trump Campaign was not holding any in-person events during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the website telling attendees that the protests were vehicle-based, as many as 3,000 people descended on Huntington Beach on foot, according to local police.

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One member of law enforcement said there were around 200 officers who were dispatched to help control the event.

Sheriffs on horseback and local SWAT teams were among officials there to try and contain the crowds.

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"I actually haven't lost my job, but I'm here fighting today for the rights of everyone here in California, against a tyrannical governor who is not allowing people to live their life of liberty," Amanda, a mom from Anaheim, said.

"[Gov Newsom is] forcing businesses that aren't essential – every business is essential. If somebody has a family to feed, a mortgage to pay, insurance payments, if they're sick, how will they make their health insurance payments? Everything is essential."

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She added: "And I'm tired of the crazy liberal democratic policies that want every citizen to be solely dependent on the government.

"Our forefathers fought for the right to choose how to live our lives.

"Look around, we're tired of it. I hope people will wake up in California. We're not standing for it anymore."

Although large numbers were waving "Trump 2020" flags and wearing Make America Great Again hats, not everyone was there for the president.

"It's not political, no," Lowell, an antiques dealer from Los Angeles who now lives in Orange County," told The Sun.

"I don't support Trump but I respect him. I'm not here for Trump, I am here to protest to get small businesses to reopen.

"I am here to protest my rights under the constitution. Gavin Newsom's order is not an executive order. It is a voluntary order.

"[This is not] political. This is about freedom. I cannot work because of the governor's edict."

 

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