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Well, in case you somehow need (more) proof that that the COVID lockdowns were politically fueled circus sideshows, Gretchen Whitmer is here to save the day.
Not by keeping Michigan safe or having a meaningful impact on race relations in America, of course. No, she just put her raging hypocrisy on full display. Congresswoman Lynn Afendoulis accused Governor Whitmer of violating her own social distancing orders:
Social distancing is critical to stop the spread of COVID-19—unless you have a great photo op. And control. pic.twitter.com/uFyM6gBWaM
— Rep. Lynn Afendoulis (@LynnAfendoulis) June 4, 2020
Yes, that is Fascist Queen of the State Lockdown standing way less than six feet from other protesters. Miss “You can exercise your first amendment rights as long as it’s six feet away from everyone else” apparently didn’t believe or care about her own orders when it came to schmoozing her voter base, even though they were soooo important a few weeks ago when people were protesting her never-ending shutdown.
In past weeks, the governor repeatedly criticized protests against her stay-at-home orders for potentially spreading the virus. During an appearance on “The View” on May 13 — 22 days ago — Whitmer said the protests at the time made it “much more precarious” for the state to continue reopening its economy.
“The fact of the matter is these protests, in a perverse way, make it likelier that we are going to have to stay in a stay-home posture,” Whitmer said then. “The whole point of them, supposedly, is that they don’t want to be doing that.”
Now, though? Well, now it’s okay. Because “elections matter,” she says. Because attending this march means she and her ilk “cannot be defeated.”
Gee, it just me, or is it starting to sound like Whitmer is overall more interested in her own power than actually benefiting her constituents?
Obviously, people around the country immediately started shouting “HYPOCRITE!” because, well, her actions are a textbook example of hypocrisy. But it’s okay! Her spokeswoman said it’s fine because she was wearing a mask outside, even though you don’t HAVE to!
Brown said, “The governor took precautions for engaging in an outdoor activity, including wearing a mask even though it is not required outdoors under the order,” insisting that the march had not violated the order because the order reads, “Nothing in this order shall be taken to abridge protections guaranteed by the state or federal constitution. That includes the right to peaceful protest.”
REALLY? Since she’s wearing a cute little flowery mask that matches her baby blue blazer, it’s okay? Never mind the fact that when people were protesting her, she said, “I ask that you wear a mask. I ask that you stay six feet apart from others.”
They didn’t HAVE to wear masks either, but she’s expecting them to– AND maintain social distancing, which Whitmer CLEARLY did not.
Whitmer herself defended her actions by saying that no COVID-19 cases have been tied to protests in Michigan. Really? That’s not what you were saying a few weeks ago, Gretchie.
Back in May, you said there was evidence suggesting the protests WERE linked to an uptick in Coronavirus cases.
I want Governor Whitmer to explain why these two sets of protests are being treated so differently.
I want to know what the difference is to her. IS IT BECAUSE THE REST OF US DON’T HAVE LITTLE FLOWERS ON OUR MASKS? BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT’S STARTING TO FEEL LIKE.