Protests held in cities around Tennessee over coronavirus response

Protests were held in Tennessee cities over the weekend to demand an end to shelter-in-place and social distancing requirements put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

They included about 300 demonstrators rallying outside the state Capitol in Nashville, The Tennessean reports. The protests came as Tennessee’s confirmed coronavirus cases exceeded 7,000, including 148 deaths.

“We’re all here for one reason,” Kim Edwards, a Nashville rally organizer, announced. “And it’s our rights. It’s our freedom.”

The protests followed tweets from President Donald Trump on Friday calling for people to “liberate” states like Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia, where similar protests had taken place.

One of the protesters in Nashville appeared to be none other than former Rep. Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin), who was thrown out of the General Assembly following allegations of serial sexual misconduct.

 

34 Responses to Protests held in cities around Tennessee over coronavirus response

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    James White says:

    @GovBillLee #LeeTheTyrant Let Our People Go !
    Obey the constitutions, Executive orders and public code/laws are Not above the TN ( and US) Constitution (that takes an amendment).
    Freedom and Liberty!

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    WhitesCreek says:

    Why are these rather small Trump rallies funded by the Devos family being billed as protests?

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    Not that Stuart guy says:

    Idiots.

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      The protestors? Not idiots. Desperate people that have been sacrificed on the alter of the supposed greater good. This Wuhan virus has NOT killed people as projected. Even the statistics being flashed before our eyes are falsely exaggerated – includes people that died from another primary cause of death. We don’t know how many people actually have or have had the virus. We don’t know how many have been killed by the virus. We do know that hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans have been tossed into unemployment. Poverty kills. Isolation kills. Time to wise up, Governor Lee. The people are not your subjects and will not tolerate being treated as such.

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        MARLE says:

        When the annual flu kills a dialysis patient or cancer patient we count that in the Flu Death data.
        Why should Covid data collection be different.
        I believe neither flu nor Covid should be counted but it should be consistent.

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    Donna Locke says:

    I would say isolate till the end of April at least. I don’t know the answer for others, but I’ll be taking precautions into May or longer. I want to see if warmer weather has an effect. Allowing air travel has been pretty stupid, I have to add.

    “I tell you boys there ain’t any answer, just you believe me, there ain’t any answer, … there ain’t gonna be any answer, there never has been any answer, that’s the answer.” —Gertrude Stein

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    These protests will get larger. It’s not so much the extension until April 30th by the governor, but his ominous messaging that “we” will have to adapt to the public health advisories – including social distancing- until a vaccine is developed. Months – maybe years. Dentists, chiropractors, physical therapy, salons, entertainment, etc. ALL doomed. Those businesses and even restaurants cannot operate in this ‘new normal’ as defined by Governor Lee. He pulled a great scam on all that believed his campaign messaging of limited government. Hiding behind the ‘public health emergency’, he’s issued an executive order a day. If he won’t listen to those whose lives are being devastated by these orders, legislators need to return to restore representative government. Enough special committees, groups and heaven help us ‘unified command’!

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      Donna Locke says:

      I voted for Diane Black in the primary, and since she is a nurse, I believe we’d be getting the same lockdown from her. I’ll vote for an inanimate object before I’ll vote for Lee again.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Hopefully all have learned a lesson from the fluke election of Gov. Lee to pay attention to the candidate’s record NOT his campaign, and if he doesn’t have a record and the office is high VOTE FOR SOMEONE ELSE!!!!

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        LeeAnn C. says:

        And seeing Governor Lee’s overly active ‘executive order’ pen, legislators need to put boundaries upon the permissiveness of emergency power.

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          James White says:

          LeeAnn, there are boundaries, it is called the Tennessee Constitution. Which Liar Lee swore an oath to uphold.

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            LeeAnn C. says:

            If you write your state legislator about the constitutional stance, chances are you’ll get the explanation that Governor Lee received legal counsel that the executive orders are constitutional on the basis of the legislature granting authority in an emergency. When the dust settles over this fiasco, legislators need to be reminded of how many businesses are going bankrupt under the ‘legislatively authorized’ activity by Governor Lee. The legislator may also include a note that they expect legal challenges to the action. As if the bankrupt businesses will have money to hire attorneys to fight this heinous overreach!

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        James White says:

        Stuart, then you must vote for Flinn not Hagerty. Only Flinn as Record.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Indeed!!!! Of being an extreme narcissistic multii-millionaire who can think of nothing better to do with his money besides running for office, every and all offices, on a platform that makes great bedtime reading for insomniacs. I know James, he never voted in favor of an Article V Constitutional Convention, bless his heart!

          Besides, my goal is not to elect anyone, but rather to defeat Chairman Manny as soundly as possible. Only a vote for Hagerty will accomplish that important goal.

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        Eddie White says:

        I did not vote for Lee in the primary. I was very involved in the Republican primary early on serving as a campaign treasurer. Funny, watching Lee at a number of events early on, I did not think he had a chance. Shows you how politically astute I was. However, Lee has made a number of policy decisions that I have liked. I really believe that any of the candidates elected would be doing the same thing with this pandemic. I think Lee is following the same path most of the candidates would have. On the whole, I think he is making the best of a bad situation.

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      James White says:

      #LeeTheDestroyer, killing private businesses in One Command. Never Again.

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    JUDY R says:

    Lets pick a place where all the protestors, people who either don’t believe or don’t care, and put them in one place where they can’t infect the rest of us and let them have at it. I’m so tired of all the people who care only about themselves and just want to stir everything up. (This includes all the people at the beaches in Fl where their not-so-smart Gov thought they would stay 6 ft away from each other.)

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Judy, you forgot to include the people who participated in the Chinese New Year celebrations when the Communist sympathizing Mayor of New York City and far left Speaker of the U.S. House from San Francisco encouraged people to go out and party and ignore all the “xenophobic,” “racist” talk about the Chinese flu.

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      MARLE says:

      Or we could pick a place for all the people who want to be risk-free to go…..oh, wait. We do have such a place. It’s called “your home”. Stay there and let the others go to work.

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      My thoughts as well. Further, have them all sign agreements that they won’t run crying to the hospital when they get sick. With freedom comes responsibility, and actions have consequences.

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    Sterling Mane says:

    Just let natural selection do it’s job. It’s their freedumb, let God do it’s job.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    One other important tidbit. These protests were being planned LONG before Trump’s tweet on Friday. The writer of this piece obviously didn’t dig in to the roots of #FreeTN! The beginning was on April 14th after Governor Lee said “We are not intending at all to lift social distancing effort. Social distancing is going to be a way of life for Tennesseans going forward until this virus has a vaccine, and that is a long time coming, months, maybe a year, maybe a year and a half. Until we have a vaccine social distancing is a way of life because the virus will be present. ” People will not stand for their livelihoods being stripped away permanently. That vaccine wait will kill businesses that might make it to April 30th. Remember, Governor Lee’s mandated ‘Stay At Home’ order was originally scheduled to expire on April 15th. Don’t count the protestors as merely being Trump fans. Some are. Some aren’t.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I think Gov. Lee is losing sight of the purpose of all of these Wuhan virus rules and regulations. The intent was to have them in place to “flatten the curve” so our hospitals don’t become overwhelmed with many people needing care at the same time. OK, Tennessee is not a “hot spot” thankfully and all of us who are part of the particularly vulnerable population have certainly got the message and, unfortunately, we will have to continue to take special precautions until at least a cure to keep us out of the hospital is found. Let the rest go about their business so long as there is no spike in cases that threaten to overwhelm the hospitals again.

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        LeeAnn C. says:

        Well, “flattening the curve” has resulted in 400 laid off from our closest regional hospital capable of handling cardiac emergencies, etc. So when will Governor Lee recognize the greater harm being produced by his executive orders?

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          MARLE says:

          When Trump said that the “acceptable Death Rate” was ZERO and he called Fauci and Birx Briliant and gave them a daily platform…..well the die was cast at that point. 6 Trillion in spending and an unemployment rate not seen in 3/4 of a Century is all a result of that.

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            Eddie White says:

            It takes a lot of ignorance to blame this crisis on President Trump. But it’s a free country and you and Pelosi can continue to do it.

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            MARLE says:

            I am a fiscal conservative who has never voted for a Dem in my life. Trump set the agenda for what has happened ONLY because he relied on Fauci and Birx. He could have taken another course but he proudly stood behind them and their Wrong modelling.

            Pelosi wants Trump to stay on the course he chose. I never thought he should have allowed Birx, Fauci and THE VIRUS to drive our economic Train.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    Protesters! When you folks show up at the ER with Covid symptoms, be sure you quote the relevant Constitutional passage that says that you can shove your way to the front of the line for any urgent health care services that you might need.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Sorry, if Jeremy Durham is representative of the age group of people who showed up to protest I think your scenario of a bunch of people well under the age of 50 showing up at the hospital is a bit unrealistic. Worst case scenario for an overwhelming majority of the protesters is that they will get a nasty case of the flu, take to bed for a week or so and then get on with their life. So please Mr. Cannoneer2, would you ask your friends in the government to give them their life back ASAP.

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      Only 13% of the individuals with positive test results have been hospitalized! I’m personally acquainted with several that have had serious symptoms, some tested positive. My niece and her daughter were instructed by her physician NOT to come in for testing, but rest at home. They had a very horrible experience BUT are fully recovered. The virus is no picnic for some by any means. From accounts of the difficulty breathing, no one WANTS coronavirus. The vulnerable people that we have been repeatedly advised about must be wary. However, comparing the number of positive test results to the 300,000 plus Tennesseans that are out of work, the response is unreasonable. Stop the fear tactics. We can all be grown ups and pursue our livelihoods with appropriate precautions. Poverty and despair kills too. Stop beating up small businesses on this crusade of saving the world.

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    John says:

    I forgot about Pants Candy. He’s back at the Capitol trying to get his jollies.

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