HARRISBURG (AP) — As many as 2,000 people gathered at the Capitol for another anti-shutdown protest on Friday, as speakers and attendees lambasted Gov. Tom Wolf for saying it was “cowardly” for counties to go against his shutdown orders.
Many carried Pres. Donald Trump signs and wore Trump paraphernalia, while an RV festooned with Trump banners blared his speeches over a speaker.READ MORE: Man Convicted In Deadly South Side Bar Shooting
Capitol Police estimated the crowd at 1,750 to 2,000, few of whom wore masks. Many of the signs were directed at Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine, including ones calling for Wolf’s impeachment and Levine’s firing.
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One attendee, Barry Sheeder of Chambersburg, said his wife’s child care center is on the verge of going out of business because of the shutdown.READ MORE: Dog Food Recalled Over Mold Concerns
It can only care for the children of essential workers, such as emergency responders.
Meanwhile, Josh Hogan, who started a Facebook page called ReOpen Bucks County, said he is seeing the shutdown destroy many small businesses, from karate studios to restaurants, and it is long past to let businesses reopen.
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