Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer -who just days ago mandated her statewide ‘Stay at Home’ order- joined protesters on the streets of Detroit; chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” while violating her own social distancing guidelines.
.@GovWhitmer @LtGovGilchrist and Bishop Charles Ellis lead a group of marchers in Detroit honoring the life of #GeorgeFloyd. Marchers call out "hands up, don't shoot!" @wxyzdetroit @ABC pic.twitter.com/ExR28L3dIm
— Jenn Schanz (@JennSchanzWXYZ) June 4, 2020
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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'DOUBLE STANDARD': Trump Says Governor Whitmer ‘Doesn’t Let People Even Breath in Michigan’
President Trump ripped Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on social media Thursday morning; saying the Democrat “doesn’t let people even breath” during her state’s ongoing Coronavirus lockdown.
“Yet she doesn’t let people even breath in Michigan. A very bad double standard!” posted Trump on Twitter.
Yet she doesn’t let people even breath in Michigan. A very bad double standard! https://t.co/A60YxvWFGv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
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.
MICHIGAN UNLEASHED: Gov Whitmer Lifts ‘Stay at Home’ Order, Restaurants and Bars to Open June 8th
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she is lifting the state’s “Stay at Home” order; adding restaurants and bars can begin serving patrons with some restrictions on June 8th.
“The data has shown that we are ready to carefully move our state into the next phase,” Whitmer said during a press conference.
“Effective immediately, Whitmer said groups of 100 or less will be allowed to gather outdoors, as long as they maintain physical distancing. Indoor social gatherings and events of more than 10 people are still prohibited,” reports The Hill.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 1, 2020
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Source: The Hill