(The Center Square)
Three years after COVID struck Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer now admits that many of her early lockdown rules, in retrospect, “don’t make a lot of sense.”
“We had to make some decisions, that in retrospect, don’t make a lot of sense,” Whitmer said in a CNN interview clip posted by the Twitter account @Breaking911.
When COVID struck, Whitmer shuttered much of the state’s economy. Her rules deemed which careers were “essential” and ordered “nonessential” workers to stay home.
Whitmer banned stores larger than 50,000 square feet from selling paint and home-improvement supplies, as well as advertising for “nonessential” goods. Even poperating a motorboat could bring criminal charges, as could traveling to a secondary home. Her lockdown was the longest and most strict in the Midwest.
Whitmer explained in the interview:
“We didn’t want people, you know, all congregating around the gardening supplies… It was February in Michigan, no one was planting anyway…”
“Some of those policies, I look back and think: that was maybe a little more than we needed to do.”
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These were just a few of the nearly 200 emergency orders Whitmer issued in less than a year, mostly related to COVID, that left businesses scrambling to comply.
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In one instance, a Walmart labeled baby carriers as a banned purchase, wrongly understanding Whitmer’s executive order 2020-42.
Former U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer said Whitmer was “gaslighting” Michiganders.
“The gaslighting here is simply breathtaking,” Meijer tweeted. “The orders (multiple) were in late March/early April (NOT February) and were so unclear that some stores put caution tape around entire aisles to not risk noncompliance. A bit of humility would be nice.”
Whitmer’s policies led to gyms being raided, and strip clubs operating while small businesses such as catering, bowling alleys, and more were forced to close or operate under heavy restrictions.
Over 2,500 Detroiters were ticketed for violating Whitmer’s emergency rules by the Detroit Police Department from April 14 through May 18. The fines were later tossed.
Gary Marshall, owner of FitStop24 in Niles and Dowagiac, reopened three months before Whitmer allowed gyms to open. He was charged with 30 misdemeanors and fined $18,000 before all charges were later dropped.
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The Michigan Supreme Court stripped Whitmer of her emergency powers in Oct. 2020.
In May 2021, Whitmer was caught breaking her own COVID rules. A May 15 order demanded gatherings at food service establishments to have no more than six people at a table.
She attended a meal at an East Lansing bar with 13 people, for which she apologized.
Later in the interview, Whitmer told CNN reporter Chris Wallace she has no intention of seeking the Democrat nomination for president in 2024.
Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.
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So my thoughtful and factual comment is waiting approval and yet some clown who is trying to sell garbage has been approved and is on the board. I am deleting your site and will never be here again.
Her actions and decisions did not make sense then and sensible people of at least normal intelligence knew that at the time and were ridiculed and discriminated against for saying so. We do not need her kind of people in public office. They are a danger to life and Liberty.
How ’bout her husband, calling the marina where they keep their boat and asking them to get it ready for the family’s use? Yeah, that was over the top. Just don’t buy any roses or fertilizer, OK?
This is what a idiot looks like
Hindsight is a lot easier than forethought. Maybe lazy libs should think before they feel?