Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer told reporters Wednesday that her husband traveled to their second home in the northern part of the state to “rake leaves” and “came right back home after.”
“When you opened regions six and eight, you advised people not to rush up and overwhelm the area… There were some reports that you did spend some time up north, is that true?” asked one reporter.
“My husband did go up to our place to rake some leaves and came home. He was there briefly for a night and came right back home after he raked our leaves!” said the Governor.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 26, 2020
Watch the Governor’s comments above.
EMERGENCY EXTENDED: Michigan Governor Extending Virus Restrictions Until May 28
Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced this week her decision to extend the state’s disaster declaration until May 28th despite widespread protests against the Coronavirus restrictions.
“COVID-19 is an enemy that has taken the lives of more Michiganders than we lost during the Vietnam War,” Whitmer said in a statement.
“While some members of the legislature might believe this crisis is over, common sense and all of the scientific data tells us we’re not out of the woods yet,” she added.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 1, 2020
“Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled state legislature have said they are planning to sue Whitmer over her exercise of state emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Detroit Free Press. The legislature failed to approve Whitmer’s order to extend the declaration, leading her to pass it via an executive order,” reports The Hill.
“By refusing to extend the emergency and disaster declaration, Republican lawmakers are putting their heads in the sand and putting more lives and livelihoods at risk,” Whitmer said.
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SHUTDOWN EXTENDED: Michigan Governor Extends ‘Stay at Home’ Order, Business Closures Until June 12
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended her state’s ‘Stay at Home’ order until at least June 12th; prompting a fierce backlash from the business community clamoring to get back to work during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet,” the governor said in a news release. “If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home. If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed. While we ﬁnally have more protective equipment like masks, we can’t run the risk of running low again.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defended the strictness of her state's lockdown in an interview with #AxiosOnHBO saying it was necessary — despite the protests that have drawn national attention — because of how quickly the state's cases were rising.https://t.co/4wU0PG7GHi
— Axios (@axios) May 26, 2020
“I’m never going to apologize for the fact that because there was a vacuum of leadership at the federal level, we had to take action to save people here in Michigan,” Whitmer added. “It has not come without a cost. I recognize that. I know a lot of people are stressed about the job they lost or the business that might not open. But there’s also over 5,000 families that are mourning the loss of a loved one.”
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