WATERTOWN — Drivers were honking their horns, waving American flags and advocating for New York to reopen its economy during a protest Saturday morning. 

For around 25 minutes, a parade of cars circled Public Square in protest of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s extension of the PAUSE order to keep all businesses deemed nonessential closed until at least May 15. 

Antonio Bell was part of the protest, driving a pickup truck with his friend Chris Meyer, who said he is a disabled veteran, in the front seat and a man in a tactical vest standing in the bed waving a flag. 

“It’s time for Cuomo to get the American people back to work,” Mr. Bell said from his truck through car horns. “These people are getting sick of sitting at home. It’s time to come to an end.”

John and Tina Adams, of Brownville, were circling the square in their vehicle as well, wearing “Trump 2020” ball caps. 

“We’re here to support Trump,” Mr. Adams said. “We want the economy back. People need to survive. Small businesses are essential. We need to get back to life.” 

David Johnson, driving his car with Cindy Johnson in the front seat, could be seen in the protest telling onlookers “county by county.” They’re from Alexandria Bay.

“We want to reopen the economy county-by-county,” Mr. Johnson said. “Not the whole state at the time. You’ve got to care for everybody — not just the few.”

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Traci Jones makes an announcement to a crowd of protestors in their cars outside of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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A protestor leans out of their car outside of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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Elizabeth Moxie sings “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during a drive-through protest in downtown Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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Chris Mayorga stands in the parking lot of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet before driving through town to protest the extension of the PAUSE Act in Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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A protestor holds an American Flag out of their car in the parking lot of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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Gary Dan Allen takes off his glasses to watch the protest in downtown Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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A truck with a sign on the passenger door drives through downtown Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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Robin Ireland holds her Trumpy Bear out of her window during a protest in downtown Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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A “Don’t Tread On Me” flag waves in the wind in the parking lot of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Watertown on Saturday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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rockloper

Isn't it odd that the nurses on the front lines of this virus are protesting (and being called names) the idiocy of the back to work protesters!

Holmes -- the real one

Yeah, just when you think stupid can't get more stupid.

Holmes

When they are enforcing rules to follow that are stomping on 1st Amendment rights and the Bill of Rights, it has gone to far. The protests are happening because these Governors have gone to far. The real shame here? These Governors are not reasoning as to why folks are protesting

hermit thrush

nobody's rights are getting stomped on. nobody's rights are absolute. all rights come with limits (e.g. your first amendment rights don't go so far as to allow you to yell fire in a crowded theater). what governors are doing is within their power to protect public health. if you don't like it, then that's one thing, but it's not a question of rights.

keyser soze

As a dedicated Trump Cultist I subscribe to the Dr. Trumpvorkian Method: Take two malaria pills and call me when your family is in mourning.

keyser soze

The REAL bottom line: The Dotard lies every time he opens his insane yapper while taking advantage of his gullible cult followers. That about covers it.

“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

Jan. 24, Twitter:

DJT

rockloper

Wow keyser sove, that was excellent![thumbup]

Holmes

Bottom line, “China lied, People died, and Democrats hide.” That about covers it.

hermit thrush

"trump got duped by the chinese government and democrats are taking a deadly virus seriously" is an amazing self-own.

Truthseeker

Stefanik and trump knew about it jan13,only 40000 dead and counting,so much winning

rockloper

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Holmes -- the real one

Card for the protesters to carry in their wallets:

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f43e2dbabd72f9e0976d27e0303c551a4b1233354b285deb29ee6105182f1786.jpg?w=800&h=330

rockloper

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keyser soze

This was just posted in the WDT comment section titled, Michael Powers recounts the ‘horrible’ days after testing positive for COVID-19.

First and foremost, I would like to extend my best wishes to Mr. Powers and his family in his recovery and continual good health in the future. This is NOT the flu and is far more difficult to recover from.

Secondly, thank you Mr. Powers for stating in no uncertain terms the serious nature of this virus:

“…Mr. Powers said he’s baffled that some are looking to reopen the economy right now. He has close friends who are business owners and whose livelihoods are in jeopardy. He considers city hall and the devastating financial impact this pandemic will have not only on the nation and state but on local municipalities. With those factors in mind, he said reopening the economy now could put more lives at risk.”

“It’s serious, and it needs to be taken seriously,” he said. “And knee-jerk reactions can’t be done at this time.”

Now contrast the previous statement with this one from a local protester in Watertown New York:

"They're trying to divide us: essentials, non-essentials, you can't buy this in stores, you can't do this, you've gotta wear a mask, it's time to wake up," said Chris Mayorga, another protestor. "My honest opinion, I don't think there is a virus. It's all propaganda."

This is what we are up against; an existing mentality that either is incapable of, or refuses to recognize how devastating this virus is.

If and when this country is able to move on from this pandemic relatively intact, it will be despite of this behavior rather than because of it.

https://www.nny360.com/top_stories/michael-powers-recounts-the-horrible-days-after-testing-positive-for-covid-19/article_53755575-d2e6-5f42-99df-17334b31b0d3.html

Hoosier

Quoting Mr Powers as an expert regarding COVID is ridiculous, He Is a prison guard, prior to that he had a two week stint in how to be a prison guard. Post that, he was an administrator who forgot about the basics of hygeine, never ordered stuff to stay safe during a flu outbreak. His opinion is interesting, but I find it of no value.

FIDO

These protestors must be sentenced to 1 day of unprotected service in an ICU ward with COVID-19 patients and a 1-hour visit to the local morgue with a COVID-19 victim. Then they can take home the experience and, possibly, the virus.

rockloper

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Hoosier

Brilliant idea, lets find em guilty of a crime that does not exist, and, without a trial, sentence them to punishment. Thats what we stand for? Pure unmitigated demagoguery. And evil. Go USA

Holmes

To all the left wing haters, especially Trump haters, better get the tissue out because you're going to need it in Nov when Trump is re-elected and the GOP takes back the House... Don't worry if you forget, I'll remind you Jan 21, 2021...

hermit thrush

anything is possible but people like you were sounding the exact same note before the midterms in 2018, and look what happened. look at what just happened in the wisconsin judicial election. if i was you i'd lose some of the bluster.

rockloper

Clarification to my first post. Those who chose to follow the advice of experts should not be penalized by the company for doing so and should be allowed to collect unemployment benefits.

rockloper

Well it would be unjust for the companies who open up to pay the medical bills of those who think they know better than the experts. Let those who decide to go back to work pay any bills related to them contracting COVID-19. And it would be unjust for the companies to force anyone back to work against the advice of the experts so they should be paid for following expert advice. Then we can all sit back and listen to the bible thumping, boot stomping, cartridge racking tRump supporters whine about that. Hillary Clinton was wrong when she said half of tRump supporters were deplorable - they're ALL deplorable!

Holmes -- the real one

How about those Trump supporters just wearing highly visible American flag armbands that proclaim, "Trump knows best! No experts for me! I refuse all medical treatment for COVID-19 for myself and for my family and friends."

rockloper

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Holmes

Hate much?

Hoosier

Holmes, TRO. Please, everyone has listened to the experts, and even the experts are swinging for numbers in a fog. Many folks are legitimately making the decision to take actions regardless of several unknowns that have been filled in with suppositions in the models. I am familiar with all the models, find most to be absolute garbage, know of the CDC response protocols and how to produce reagents, monoclonal antibodies etc.,. I find the current shutdown, logically, to be a horrendous mistake. I do so, not because I love Trump, or Love Cuomo, but I find the model basis to be such BS, I prefer not to waste 20 billion a life spent. This whole operation was planned by some people lacking the skill set to deal with a pandemic, because the sjill set was let go a couple years ago. CDC actually contracted with an Accounting/Consulting firm in Chicago in order to find out that 50 year old machines used in Europe to sterilize food could be used to sterilize protective equipment. It seems to be a slow motion train wreck, trying to aim for a hay field.

hermit thrush

shutdowns are happening literally around the world. what on earth do you think the economy would look like otherwise? what models are you using for that? fwiw i don't set much store by the ihme model for the epidemic, but others i think are worth taking seriously.

Truthseeker

M d sounds like trailer trash,that's all trump has,losers

Nice_Commenter

The first pro-Trump sign in our area went up in 2012. The fact our area loves Trump and is the condition it is in are no coincidence.

BenG

Way to go, Citizens!

Voice Of Reason

Let's say...

You were on an airplane that caught fire...

But you were lucky enough to have a parachute...

So..

You put on the chute, jumped out of the plane, and pulled the rip cord...

And the parachute blossomed open above you, and you felt it slowing your decent...

So...

Since it slowed you down a bit...

You decide to cut the straps, then and there, in mid air...

And in your last moment of consciousness...

You blame the PARACHUTE for your impending demise.

-V.O.R.

hermit thrush

we are dealing with a group of people who will refuse to believe gravity really works like that until the body goes splat.

Holmes

A hypothetical, a ludicrous one at that.

Hoosier

That's your reason? Your reason didn't fall far from the tree.;

Truthseeker

Wow,what a fat ugly piece of whietrash,tatto queen

Hoosier

I, for one, am somewhat titillated by the big one with large tats!

Farmer Liz

I think these people are being ridiculous, but body-shaming women is not cool.

Truthseeker

She's a fat ugly ignorant soul,trump would love to grab her by the pssy

Hoosier

The only shame shame is that I am unable to find this goddess and express my fealty.

Hoosier

Viking Goddess! Nordic Queen! Priestess of the Druids!

Hoosier

Oh truthseeker, are you blind? Her blonde locks gently tussled on her shoulder, her blue eyes rippled and riddled with excitement, acentuated by strong brows deep in color. Her ears, gentle lobes pointed skyward as she makes her thunderous statement imploring gods of her equals to reign vengeance on those who oppose her. The way she coddles the horn of bull, amongst fingers studded with rings of plenty and wealth. The slant of the horn to connotate service of best to the gods who rank her. The juiceness of her lips, formed by the permutaions of mouth muscle uttering her battle cry. Beads of perspiration, imperceptibly forming on exposed flesh, glistening in the wind. Thuthseeker, you are blind to the wiles of the gods.

Hoosier

I search high and low for this goddess made maiden in the flesh, and, when found, be she claimed by a man, he best be prepared to better me in battle, or lose that which he covets as well as the meaning of life. If she be claimed by a woman, I will need slink, tears of disappointment, away much like Chapman or seek conversion using all my charms.

Hoosier

Adieu, until we meet, my Rubenisque model of femininity. I count the seconds.

Holmes

No state has the power to supersede or suspend the constitutional rights of Americans.

hermit thrush

no one's rights are currently being suspended.

Holmes

If you believe that you can't face reality.. I feel sorry for you..

hermit thrush

and i feel sorry for you that you completely missed the point. which is that the shutdown regulations are perfectly legal. they don't violate anyone's rights. none of our rights are absolute. we don't have the right to absolutely do as we please during a public health crisis.

Nice_Commenter

I think Holmes might be the woman in the top picture. A perfect representation of the Trump voter!

Holmes

You must be referring to 'the real one' because I don't live in the People's Republic of NYS.. Yesterday, I was 1200 miles away in my boat in the Gulf of Mexico doing a little fishing living the good life...

hermit thrush

one of the parade's organizers is a proud member (or at least a supporter) of a far-right militia group. qanon kooks were in attendance too. the inmates are running the asylum.

Truthseeker

Hard to believe you give these trump heathens coverage,but you are owned by the same

rdsouth

Actually, they are demonstrating that the shut down is in fact constitutional because they were able to peaceably assemble to petition their government. Well done.

Truthseeker

Have you seen one trump follower with half a brain,and potion their government for what.Just a bunch of followes,not leaders,heil trump

Holmes

Your command of the English language is atrocious.

Holmes

Some people need a reminder that when people can't protest by First Amendment they turn to the Second.... and it sounds like you missed out on Logic 101...

hermit thrush

good lord, threatening violence!

Holmes

About time Watertown. Buffalo had a massive protest today also. Liberty shouldn't need 'a stamp of approval from the government

mjdmsw

Liberty does not mean you get to do whatever you want to nitwit. Study science try to use your small brain to comprehend virus transmittal and community responsibility.

Nice_Commenter

This makes sense. Let’s kill half of the population of our old folks homes. How do old people vote again?

Holmes

Morphine drips do it everyday in ‘old folks homes’.

Hoosier

Well, you are half right. All the population of an old folks home dies. And in Mass., they are proud to note they continue to vote.

Truthseeker

Trump loving cultists,America's enemy

Holmes -- the real one

Well, he does "love the poorly educated."

Holmes

All 62 million of them, ludicrous.. No TDS attack until 12:43, amazing.

Nice_Commenter

Quoting something Trump said in front of cameras is “TDS”. This is a cult.

Holmes

FACT: If you're praising Cuomo or DiBlasio over their response to coronavirus, YOU are what's wrong with this country.

hermit thrush

the only thing wrong with cuomo was not being more aggressive at the start -- the opposite of what trump wanted.

Nice_Commenter

The people who voted Trump and Dennis Hastert are what’s RIGHT with this country! Republicans made a serial child rapist third in lime to the presidency! Be self-righteous, Republicans. Ha ha.

Holmes

Look whose ‘third in line’ today..

Eagle24

You're not seeing the scope of this! The first US death from Covid was a man in Washington state Feb 29th... in less than 50 days deaths are now over 39000... that's more than 10 years of deaths in Vietnam.. 2019 auto deaths 39000... that "half baked idea"...is the same was the 184 other countries with Covid.. How about some respect for those at most risk.. the elderly... health care workers.. I know...too bad, as long as it doesn't effect you..

Holmes

FACT: If you're praising Cuomo or DiBlasio over their response to coronavirus, YOU are what's wrong with this country.

Nice_Commenter

(This is actually an opinion, there is no fact in your sentence)

Eagle24

Their actions are based on medical science..not emotions... Follow the data Holmes...make decisions based on facts... There'll be a time to voice an opinion on Cuomo..and Trump, in Nov... The comment regarding treatment of the north country separately from southern NY has merit... with some exceptions...ie - St Lawrence County.... do it based on data...

Holmes

Wrong. Never forget--the progressive Democrats across the board in all their nooks and crannies of power from a little to a lot long ago put advancing their political agenda and ideology ahead of everything else, including especially the life, livelihood and future of every man, woman and child.

Remember that when voting.

Hoosier

Nice protest. With 20,000 deaths and climbing across the good ole USA and a close down costing 20 billion dollars per death, its time to pull the plug on the close down. Even the EPA keeps expenses down to 9 million per death.

rdsouth

Child runs into street. Driver slams on the brakes. Passenger complains, "You didn't need to do that, the kid didn't get hurt." The cost per death calculation should be based on what the deaths would have been without the shut down, not what they were with it.

Hoosier

Im sorry, a few thousand lives saved for 4 trillion bucks.

hermit thrush

the choice is more like you save hundreds of thousands of lives for 4 trillion bucks or you save zero lives for 4 trillion bucks.

Truthseeker

Hope you lose somebody,trailer trash

Truthseeker

Hope someone you love gets sick and dies

Holmes -- the real one

I echo hermit thrush's comment which makes the issue clear:

"the choice is more like you save hundreds of thousands of lives for 4 trillion bucks or you save zero lives for 4 trillion bucks."

keyser soze

Okay, you go first. Get back to us when you are six feet under. Oh wait, you can’t.

Nevermind.

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