Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to Receive 'COVID Courage' Award Despite Lockdown Controversy
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to present award to governor
Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer is to receive the “COVID courage" award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, according to reports.
Whitmer's response to the coronavirus pandemic has earned her the reward, the organization announced on Tuesday.
“Last summer, thousands of people across the country submitted COVID Courage nominations, sharing stories about members of their communities who put their health at risk to work on the frontlines,” the foundation explained.
In April, Whitmer’s state saw a surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Hospitalizations increased by 112%, while deaths increased by 115% and cases by 60% at the start of April.
Whitmer faced massive backlash and criticism for her strict lockdowns as her approval rating for her handling of coronavirus has plummeted 17%.
Last summer, thousands of people across the country submitted COVID Courage nominations, sharing stories about members of their communities who put their health at risk to work on the frontlines. Get to know the seven honorees who represent this courage and national sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/wZLnqkS1ji— JFK Library (@JFKLibrary) May 4, 2021
Whitmer's COVID-19 pandemic shutdown order was "in violation" of the state Constitution, Michigan's Supreme Court has ruled in October last year.
Neon Nettle reported at the time:
The Democratic governor lacked authority under each of the two laws that govern states of emergency in Michigan to extend the state of emergency passed April 30, when her first state of emergency declaration expired, the court determined.
Earlier this year, a Michigan prosecutor said Whitmer might be indicted on criminal charges over nursing home deaths linked to her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido told ABC Detroit that his team is building a case against Gov. Whitmer's office.
Lucido revealed he is encouraging people who lost loved ones in nursing homes to go and get information from the facilities about the circumstances surrounding their loved one's death.
If we find there’s been willful neglect of office, if we find there’s been reckless endangerment of a person’s life by bringing them in, then we would move forward with charges against the Governor,” Lucido said.
“Gov. Whitmer and her administration continue to refuse to answer questions regarding nursing home deaths,” Ted Goodman, Communications Director for the Michigan Republican Party, said in a statement.
It was later revealed that Whitmer's Chief Operating Officer and the state’s Health and Human Services Director both took vacations to Florida and Alabama while advising her constituents to avoid travel.
Whitmer also traveled out of state to visit her sick father.
The "COVID courage" award will be presented by JFK’s only surviving daughter, Caroline Kennedy, and her son, Jack Schlossberg, at a virtual ceremony on May 26.