Governor Northam's claims the violence was “de-escalated” were met with ridicule by internet users whoquestioned the credibility of his earlier warnings of credible threats and the role of the authorities during the rally. Northam lauded the law enforcement officers for de-escalating the volatile situation.
“We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation,” his statement read in part. “This resulted from weeks of planning and extensive cooperation.”
One twitter user, Charles C. W. Cooke, replied, “You ‘de-escalated’ nothing bar(sic) that which was of your own making.”
Katie Pavlich, the editor of the Townhall, reminded him that there were no incidents that required de- escalation.“De-escalated what?! There were zero incidents today,” she replied to him on twitter.
Thousands of internet users across various social media sites reiterated similar sentiments. Some indicated that it was a gesture to save his “face” (or rather his “blackface” as some users constantly reminded him) after declaring a false state of emergency.
Some Twitter users suggested that the governor should be impeached for declaring a false state of emergency while others suggested that he should resign.
“You should be impeached for declaring a false state of emergency,” Jack Posobiec replied.
Very few social media users believed his statement which drew a huge negative reaction from the online community.The over 22,000 strong rally ended without any violent incidents contrary to the governor’s warnings and media speculations.
Many conservative legislators had warned the protesters not to fall for the trap that the Democrats had laid for them. They indicated that the gun rights opponents hoped the rally would turn violent for them to make a political statement about guns and gun owners. Others advised the protesters to be vigilant of possible false flag incidents to smear the gun owners. The protesters took the warnings seriously with some filming the whole event in case something unusual took place.
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