Operation Gridlock: In-Vehicle Protest To Jam Lansing (MI) Protesting Gov. Whitmer’s Insane ‘Stay-At-Home’ Overreach
Whitmer banned the sale of non-essential items in stores, including garden seeds, and residence-to-residence travel for residents of the state.
Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, that woman in Michigan, faces a massive protest after she extended orders in the state due to the Wuhan coronavirus. This includes banning the sale of non-essential items, including garden seeds in stores, and residence-to-residence travel for residents of the state.
A man also drew up a recall petition on Change.org, which has received over 200,000 signatures.
Critics of Michigan’s expanded stay-home order are planning an in-vehicle protest to tell the governor they believe she has gone too far.
The Michigan Conservative Coalition and Michigan Freedom Fund, who organized the protest, asked for protesters to surround the Capitol in their vehicles at noon Wednesday to display flags and signs, make noise and be disruptive about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “erratic, unilateral orders that threaten Michiganders’ economic existence,” according to a news release. They warned protesters to come ready for a potentially major traffic jam.
Whitmer gave the okay for the people to hold the protest. She also used the rally to take a shot at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who immediately responded:
During a newspress conference Monday, Whitmer said the Michigan Freedom Fund is funded in-part by the family of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, something she called “inappropriate.”
Nick Wasmiller, a spokesperson for the DeVos family, said the family has not spent any money on the protest, nor has it offered prior support to organizers.
“The DeVos family, however, understands the frustration of fellow Michiganders as elements of the governor’s top-down approach appear to go beyond public safety,” Wasmiller said in the statement. “Michigan deserves competent governance, not baseless attacks.”
Whitmer’s comment about DeVos disgusted Michigan Freedom Fund’s executive director Tony Daunt. He described her claim about the DeVos family as “wild” because the organization only provided funds towards advertising for the rally:
“That is the extent of what we have the freedom fund have done we put a whopping $250 behind a Facebook ad to promote this just to get more eyeballs on it because we think it’s an important and important use of our constitutional freedoms. And for some reason the governor decided today to make this wild claim that the DeVos family was funding this rally and I think the Conservative Coalition and the thousands of people who have signed on to that group are offended by that. And as they should be,” Daunt said.
Daunt like many critics, says the governor’s latest order is arbitrary and unnecessary.
“It’s not about essential versus non-essential it’s safe versus unsafe. And I think her order on Thursday that doubled down and actually tightened restrictions on people was really tone deaf,” Daunt added.
The Freedom Fund is still running the $250 Facebook ad and is encouraging people to partake in the gridlock rally.
“We certainly are not about to be intimidated by some kind of offhanded incorrect statements from the governor and her team,” he said.
A man named John Powell started a petition on Change.org to recall Whitmer. As of Tuesday morning, over 210,000 people signed the petition.
Powell wrote that Whitmer’s actions have caused “more Michiganders to get sick.” But his grievances span farther than the coronavirus pandemic.
Powell claimed Whitmer “has lied from day one with her #Fixthedamnedroads which she has failed to do anything in this regards.”
He also accused her of “negligence” due to her response to #PFAS. These PFAS are in regards to the drinking water in Michigan. Whitmer told the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to pursue standards for drinking water instead of waiting for federal guidelines.
The petition also complains about Whitmer axing the Pure Michigan tourism program last October.
However, Whitmer revived the Pure Michigan program “on a reduced scale” in February in the 2021 budget. She proposed the campaign receive more funds “from private tourism operators.”
The petition has no legal standing. The state needs “signatures equal 25 percent of the votes cast for governor within the electoral district of the officer to be recalled.” In 2018, when Whitmer won the election, 4,250,585 Michiganders voted in the governor’s race.
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