On his Twitter account, Dan “Taxation is Theft” Behrman, a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, instructed his followers to break the stay-at-home orders most states issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic. All but eight states issued orders to keep people at home (except in the case of necessity) to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has killed over 20,000 people in the United States and 100,000 worldwide.
On April 9, Behrman tweeted:
Violate the lockdown. All of you. Be safe, wear masks, go outdoors and do your thing. Open your stores. Ignore the fines. In fact, if you get a fine, I’ll give you a letter that’s made other fines go away. This is not about safety. It’s freedom.
Later that day, he tweeted:
They are locking us in our homes and talking about mass surveillance of our temperature and coughing. They want new PERMANENT restrictions on international and INTERSTATE travel. This is not conspiracy theory. It’s right in front of us in the MSM!
He then tweeted a flyer promoting a protest of restrictions, scheduled for today:
BE THERE!! Don’t let these politicians think that they can convince you to lock yourselves in your own homes. Don’t let them think you will pay their fines. #taxationistheft #nomorelockdowns #behrman2020
He later updated the flyer after facing criticism:
He continued the next day, tweeting:
If you are afraid, they have you under control. It’s time to be brave. You can be safe and brave at the same time.
Today he tweeted:
I saw this coming years ago. It’s one reason I’m in Mexico. I’m not afraid of the police, I’m afraid I’d be standing against them alone. I didn’t join this party to be a coward.
When you pay your citations, remember: this is not a lockdown, the Constitution is still in place, you still have rights. This is only a shelter in place order for your own good. Now pay your masters for going outside.
As you can expect, Behrman has faced a backlash for these comments.