(PoliticalLookout.Com)- Protests against the excessive stay-at-home order introduced by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer continue, and as a petition for Whitmer to resign amasses hundreds of thousands of signatures, her Democratic colleagues are beginning to turn on her.
It all started on March 23, when Whitmer signed an executive order that went above and beyond the measures introduced by many other state governors. The order implemented a “temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.”
This meant that bars and restaurants were forced to shut down (unless they offered delivery food), travel between residences was banned if it non-essential, and large gatherings were also banned. Food stores remained open, but incredibly, so did marijuana stores. Not churches, though. Churches were deemed non-essential.
The move drew a huge amount of criticism from the people of Michigan, and even protests. Despite being told to stay home, angry residents turned out to the Michigan State Capitol and brought the surrounding roads to a standstill in what became known as “Operation Gridlock.”
Protesters labeled Whitmer a “tyrant,” and held signs that read “tyranny is worse than the virus.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, a petition has gathered roughly 300,000 signatures so far, calling on Whitmer to resign.
Now, it looks like even her colleagues are withdrawing their support for her executive order.
Mike Duggan, the Democratic Mayor of Detroit, has called out Michigan’s COVID-19 reporting system, suggesting it is “not reliable.” Hospitals are also blaming the state government for implementing the system that has increased wait times.
State Representative Karen Whitsett, another Democratic colleague, has also accused Whitmer of giving incorrect information about the coronavirus situation in Detroit to federal officials. She even told a local news outlet that she believes Governor Whitmer isn’t doing enough.
“There is no need for me to have a conversation with someone who is not doing anything,” she said. “I mean, if you are going to do something, then I want to have a conversation with you. If you are not going to do anything, I don’t have time to have a conversation with you. I have people dying in my city. I don’t have time to waste.”
Whitmer continues reminding residents of the importance of staying at home on Twitter, and has so far refused to address the mounting criticism of her policy.
To get there, we must all do our part.
Nobody is immune to this virus. It doesn’t discriminate based on county lines, partisan lines, age, or socioeconomic status. One person who carries it can infect 40 people, who then can infect thousands more.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) April 10, 2020
She’s right. Nobody is immune to the virus, but that doesn’t mean the executive order was well-though-out!