A crowd gathered outside the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey and demanded that it be allowed reopen on May 18 in violation state order to close nonessential businesses to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (MORE VIDEO BELOW).
Nonessential businesses in New Jersey were allowed to reopen on May 18 with only curbside pickup and delivery services.
A large crowd gathered outside the gym in the morning and protested for several hours, chanting: “Let us get back to work!”
The crowd waved Trump flags and a 3 percenter flag (used by neo-Nazis). They also held signs that said “STAY POOR VOTE DEMOCRAT” and “My freedom doesn’t end where your fear begins.”
The Washington Post reports that the owner of the gym, Ian Smith, told Fox News host Pete Hegseth on live TV that they were ready to defy the police:
We’re ready for whatever consequences come our way. We’re standing up for what we believe to be right.
The police allowed the gym to violate the state order:
We are and only were here for everybody’s safety today. We planned for the worst and hoped for the best, and it seems like that’s what we have out here today. Formally, you are all in violation of the executive order. On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe.
WNYW notes that Smith took his case to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and mangled the state order on May 14:
We think so far, this has been just a gross violation of constitutional rights. The 14th Amendment states that no state shall pass any law that infringes upon our rights as citizens, and we’ve been forced into our homes. Enough is enough.