Washington Examiner: Jake Tapper asks Whitmer if Trump’s praise of Michigan protesters is in same ‘vein’ as Charlottesville comments

May 4, 2020

By Dominick Mastrangelo

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer if President Trump’s praise of armed protesters who stormed the Michigan state Capitol in Lansing were comparable to his remarks after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

“These protesters came after President Trump tweeted ‘Liberate Michigan,'” Tapper said before mentioning comments made by Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish democratic council of America.

“What kind of depraved elected official calls a heavily-armed militia classified as an antigovernment extremist group blocking a governor’s office ‘very good people’? Soifer, a Michigan native, asked on Friday. “The same one who called neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville ‘very fine people.'”