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Wisconsin Sheriff Christopher Schmaling says he won’t enforce Democrat Governor Tony Evers’ lockdown order, calling it unconstitutional and draconian.
Schmaling, the sheriff of Racine County, made the announcement a day after Governor Evers ordered Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services to extend the state’s “Safer-at-Home” order amid the coronavirus crisis.
The lockdown order was set to expire on April 24, but has now been extended until May 26. That’s another six weeks of law-abiding Americans basically being confined to house arrest.
Wisconsin, which has a population of 5.6 million, has so far had 170 deaths attributed to the Wuhan coronavirus. Given these statistics, does it make sense to lock down the entire state until May 26?
In a statement, Schmaling explained: “State law does not have the power to supersede or suspend the Constitutional rights of American citizens. The overreaching measures taken by State government will have dire lifetime consequences for businesses, homeowners, and families.”
Sheriff Schmaling continued: “I took an oath to uphold the Constitutional rights of our citizens and I can not in good faith participate in the destruction of Racine County businesses or interfere in the freedoms granted to all of us by our Constitution. We will leave the enforcement of public health orders to the health department experts.”
Sheriff Schmaling said instead of using his police authority to arrest or fine law-abiding Wisconsin residents, he’ll focus on cracking down on actual criminals and leave the enforcement of public-health orders to the health department.
— Racine County Sheriff's Office (@RacineSheriff) April 17, 2020
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said that ideally, he doesn’t want a return to normal activity until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, an Obama holdover, has said a coronavirus vaccine won’t be available for 12 to 18 months.
It’s likely Americans won’t agree to remain under “house arrest” for another 18 months since mass unemployment would arguably cause much more damage than the virus itself.
Case in point: Even CNN’s Chris Cuomo defied his brother’s (New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo) lockdown orders by breaking quarantine even though he tested positive for COVID-19. Fredo’s wife has since been infected with the coronavirus.
Wisconsin wants ALL residents to stay home — even those who do not have the coronavirus and are at low risk for contracting it.
— 🇬🇷 Bluestar 🇬🇷 (@BlueSea1964) April 15, 2020
Sheriff Schmaling urged the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to develop a “workable plan that balances the safety of our citizens while at the same time acknowledging the fact that there is a way for business to operate even during the current health situation.”
He underscored: “I have all the confidence in Racine County business owners that they can make the appropriate adjustments in the way they operate during this difficult time to accommodate for the safety of their employees and guests.”
Schmaling added: “COVID-19 isn’t going to go away any time soon. I strongly encourage all of us to start thinking of our new “normal” way of doing business. Let’s get Racine County back on its feet again and move ahead.”
President Donald Trump urged Americans to stand up to Democrat governors’ draconian lockdown orders.
Critics say Democratic governors and mayors are using the coronavirus crisis to mandate ridiculous restrictions on Americans’ personal freedoms.
For example, Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer says people can still buy alcohol and lottery tickets in person, but banned the sale of hardware supplies and gardening seeds.
Before Democrats get triggered by a sheriff defying a state governor’s executive order, keep in mind that they applauded police who refused to enforce federal immigration laws and prioritized illegal aliens over law-abiding Americans.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 6, 2017
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