Democrat Gov. Whitmer Joins Floyd March Weeks After Condemning Lockdown Protestors
Govenor flouts her own social distancing rules during protest
Just weeks after Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) criticized lockdown protesters in her city, she displayed a certain amount of hypocrisy by flouting her own executive orders by joining the protest march for George Floyd.
Last month, Whitmer blasted her own citizens protesting her lockdown orders as “racist and misogynistic."
"You know, these have been really political rallies where people come with Confederate flags and Nazi symbolism and calling for violence."
But weeks later, Whitmer joined a march in Highland Park breaking the rules she still kept in place on social distancing.
The Democrat was caught leaning on her fellow demonstrators and removing her mask to speak to reporters, a violation of the guidelines she implemented in her state amid the continued presence of COVID-19.
The crowd "appeared to violate social distancing rules," The Detroit News reported.
But a spokeswoman for Whitmer argued that the governor had not violated her own executive order.
Tiffany Brown said the unity march didn't violate her latest order because it states:
'Nothing in this order shall be taken to abridge protections guaranteed by the state or federal constitution. That includes the right to peaceful protest.'
But according to a page of frequently asked questions about Whitmers' order on the governor's website says:
'Persons may engage in expressive activities protected by the First Amendment within the State of Michigan but must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the person's household.'
In may, Whitmer said the coronavirus lockdown was “not optional.”
“I expect people to follow the law."
“These executive orders are not a suggestion," she declared.
Last month, Michigan residents rose up against Whitmer over her handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Citizens flooded a petition at Change.org, calling for Whitmer's ousting.