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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who recently extended her coronavirus-related stay-at-home order until mid-June, joined scores of demonstrators Thursday evening in Detroit to march in protest of the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of police.
Whitmer and other leaders including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan traveled to the Highland Park area and joined demonstrators who marched down Woodward with religious leaders demanding equality for people of color.
“As I talk to my friends in the black community, exhaustion is the predominant word used. And it’s understandable. I could not imagine being a mother of children of color and worry every time they leave the house,” Whitmer told reporters, according to FOX2.
After seven straight days of demonstrations and some rioting, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said the message has been the same.
“We don’t have another moment to waste. We do not have a step to waste and when our brothers and sisters they can’t breathe, we do not have a breath to waste either,” he said.
As for Whitmer, on May 22 she extended her existing stay-at-home order until June 19, claiming that it was necessary to continue ‘bending the curve’ of the pandemic.
Whitmer extended the order for the fifth time, even as criticism of her handling of the pandemic rose and anti-lockdown protests at the state capital grew — which she condemned.
The order, called “Safer at Home,” will extend temporary business closures and movement restrictions in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer also extended her state of emergency through June 19, WJBK-TV reported. In a statement, she said that while COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining, “we are not out of the woods yet.”
“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,” the Democrat governor claimed.
“If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed,” she continued. “While we ﬁnally have more protective equipment like masks, we can’t run the risk of running low again. We owe it to the real heroes on the front lines of this crisis — our first responders, health care workers and critical workers putting their lives on the line every day — to do what we can ourselves to stop the spread of the virus.”
Fox News added that Whitmer’s May 22 extension ‘allowed” some retailers to open for appointment-only sales and social gatherings of only up to 10 people, which is far fewer than the number of people who have been regularly gathering on the streets to protest against the Floyd death.
And those demonstrations have now been given Whitmer’s full endorsement by her attendance.
But earlier, Whitmer was singing a different tune.
Gretchen Whitmer is an evil, evil woman pic.twitter.com/Mn3fCbShvx
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) June 5, 2020
“These executive orders are not a suggestion,” she said May 1 after a previous shutdown extension. “They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”
In addition to the blatant hypocrisy, there are additional differences between the anti-lockdown protests and those involving the death of Floyd.
On Thursday reports noted that the Committee to Protect Medicare and Affordable Care, under the direction of former Democratic congressional candidate Dr. Rob Davidson, used an app called VoteMap to track the cellphones of about 400 lockdown protesters, allegedly to ‘track the spread’ of COVID-19.
The group did no similar tracking of Floyd demonstrators, however.
“That doesn’t make sense,” Phil Robinson, the leader of a Michigan militia group, told The Detroit News. “They’re going to track us at the Capitol but nowhere else?”
As for Whitmer’s decision to join thousands of Floyd protesters who have been gathering in apparent violation of her stay-at-home order, it was widely panned on social media.
Gathering in the streets with thousands of people isn’t a COVID risk but trying to earn a living is. Tnis is where we are 2020
— blake (@bbqbaseball62) June 5, 2020
I’m so fucking done
— Hotep Dad Max (@HotepDadMax) June 5, 2020
Rules for thee, not for me…
— Cleo Gamer (@CleoGamer81) June 5, 2020
— ⭐️El⭐️Sapo⭐️🇺🇸🇩🇪🇵🇦 (@TropicThunder5) June 5, 2020
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