Hannity scolds armed Michigan protesters: 'Dangerous' show of force 'puts our police at risk'

Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPence on debating Harris: 'I can't wait' QAnon supporter in Georgia heads into tight GOP runoff Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE scolded armed protesters in Michigan for bringing long guns to demonstrations against stay-at-home orders meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with the Fox News host warning that a "show of force is dangerous" and puts "our police at risk."

"I'm the No. 1 supporter [on] radio and television, that I know of, [of the] First Amendment and the Second Amendment. Now, no one is a bigger defendant of the Second Amendment than yours truly," Hannity said Monday night.

"Everyone has the right to protest, protect themselves and try to get the country open," he continued while showing footage of the protests. "This, with the militia, look here, and these long guns ... no. A show of force is dangerous. That puts our police at risk. And by the way, your message will never be heard, whoever you people are."


"No one should be attempting to intimidate officials with a show of force, and God forbid, something happens," Hannity, a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE, added. "Then they're going to go after all of us law-abiding Second Amendment people."

The commentary comes after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) extended the stay-at-home order in the state last Thursday, prompting hundreds of protesters, including some armed with long guns, to demonstrate at the state Capitol in Lansing.

Whitmer’s order extended business closures while declaring a state of emergency until May 28.


Trump on Friday urged Whitmer to “make a deal” with protesters in her state and "give a little." 

“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire,” Trump tweeted. “These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.”

The death toll from the pandemic in Michigan stands at 4,139, according to Johns Hopkins University, with the overall U.S. death toll surpassing 69,000.