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Trump Drives by ‘Million MAGA March,’ as White House Says ‘We’re Past’ COVID Lockdowns

From his motorcade, President Donald Trump greeted cheering supporters on the streets in Washington, D.C. Saturday morning during a “Make America Great Again” rally. It comes as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president believes the U.S. has moved beyond entering another coronavirus pandemic lockdown.



a group of people walking down the street: Supporters cheer as the motorcade carrying US President Donald Trump passes by Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC on November 14, 2020. - Supporters are backing Trump's claim that the November 3 election was fraudulent.


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Supporters cheer as the motorcade carrying US President Donald Trump passes by Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC on November 14, 2020. – Supporters are backing Trump’s claim that the November 3 election was fraudulent.

Trump made an appearance among the great “patriots” at a so-called “Million MAGA March” event in Washington D.C. over the weekend that is demonstrating the results of the election and demanding a second Trump term. On Friday, he previously hinted in a tweet that he would possibly show up at the event. McEnany later wildly exaggerated the number of rally attendees in a tweet, claiming a “MILLION” people were in attendance despite local officials saying they are unsure even one thousand were out debasing the U.S. election.

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The coalition of right-wing groups behind the Saturday rally include the Proud Boys and several conspiracy theorists like Jack Posobiec, who falsely claimed Trump won the presidential election. It’s unclear how many attendees are set to demonstrate on D.C. streets, but video recorded Saturday appears to show the president’ motorcade driving through the masses to a screaming and uproarious response.

Meanwhile, McEnany reiterated Trump’s remarks at the White House Friday that Americans are over and done with lockdown restrictions and social distancing. She railed against “liberal Democrats” in states Trump lost including Pennsylvania and Nevada for two diverging reasons.

Speaking on Fox & Friends Saturday, McEnany falsely claimed it’s only “anti-Trump” state election officials who are denying recounts and pushing back against Trump’s voter fraud claims. She blasted President-elect Joe Biden and any Democrat calling for lockdown restrictions, despite new cases rising in 49 states this past week, COVID Tracking Project data shows.

McEnany reiterated Trump’s remarks about Operation Warp Speed, the project aimed at developing vaccine, saying they are set to make 20 million COVID-19 vaccines available by December.

“Of course, we’re not going to lock down this country again,” McEnany said, after being asked if the federal government was going to offer any advice or mandates amid rising coronavirus cases. “The lockdown was for a specific reason, this was a novel virus that came in from China, no one had seen it.”

The Trump White House rejects any government mandate or restrictions pertaining to coronavirus moving forward, McEnany added on Fox & Friends.

“We had to temporarily shut down the country to administer and develop therapeutics, good working products to make sure we can re-open society. We’re past that. No more lockdowns, I know that’s the design of liberal Democrats, but it’s not the American way and not happening on President Trump’s watch,” she continued.

The president on Friday announced that coronavirus vaccines will be ready for distribution to the entire U.S. general population by April 2021. McEnany touted Trump for “tearing down bureaucracy, regulations and barriers to get us a safe and effective vaccine” during her Saturday interview. Trump noted that millions of vaccine doses will “soon go out the door” and are just waiting on final approval.

“Ideally, we won’t go into a lockdown, I will not go – this administration will not be going into a lockdown,” Trump said during Friday remarks in the Rose Garden. “A lockdown won’t be a necessity, lockdowns cost lives and they cost a lot of problems.”

But while lockdown talks are no longer under consideration by the Trump White House, his 2020 campaign allies are insisting that election disputes are just heating up in several states. McEnany said Republican officials are making the case about “systemic” voting issues rather than “individual issues.”

Pennsylvania’s secretary of state will not order a recount, denied hearing the cases because they lack specificity and there is no case for widespread voter fraud that could change the election

“We have significant arguments which are so important to this election and every election beyond this moment. The [Pennsylvania] secretary of state you mentioned is an avowed anti-Trump leftist she has tweets to that effect. She spent her time and the months leading up to the election trying to change the rules to favor Joe Biden and the Democrats, flouting the legislature,” McEnany railed.

“We must fight this fight and we will fight this fight, President Trump is making sure this election was fair and only the legal votes are counted,” McEnany said.

Newsweek reached out to the White House and the Trump campaign for additional remarks Saturday morning.

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