Another Dem Gov. breaks COVID restrictions
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is the latest Democrat to be busted for violating the quarantine provisions that they have so proudly instituted.
Whitmer’s husband was outed by a marina owner in Traverse City, MI. According to the owner, the governor’s husband called the marina to try to have the family boat put in the water prior to Memorial Day weekend.
Although the state eased some lockdown restrictions before the holiday, Whitmer warned Michiganders about unnecessary travel saying, “If you don’t live in these regions … think long and hard before you take a trip into them.”
Specifically, Whitmer warned people about travel to the resort and water town of Traverse City:
“A small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly,” said Whitmer. “That’s precisely why we’re asking everyone to continue doing their part. Don’t descend on Traverse City from all regions of the state.”
Traverse City is about 185 miles from Whitmer’s home in Lansing, MI, the state capital.
Whitmer’s Twitter page features retweets of pleas by the state to “Stay Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives.”
Reaction on Twitter hasn’t been as sanguine.
Whitmer isn’t the first governor to get called out for violations of quarantine.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker faced questions last week because his family was in Florida during the lockdown, returned to Illinois, and promptly decamped to their Wisconsin farm. Pritzker said he didn’t want to talk about his family out of fears for their “safety.”
“I just will say we have a working farm. They’re there now. There are animals on that farm, that it’s an essential function to take care of animals at a farm, so that’s what they’re doing,” he told the Chicago Tribune.
He also has construction workers traveling from Illinois to Wisconsin to work on the farm – apparently violating his own stay-at-home order– to build 7,000 square foot, $2.5 million home.
“First of all, they’re operating an essential function. Construction is an essential function. And second of all, they’re union employees that are going to do the work that they do. And I’ve never said people can’t cross the border to another state,” Pritzker said last week.
Brit Hume’s not buying it.
The Wisconsin “farm” is an equestrian property that raises horses for competition. Last year Pritzker bought a $12 million equestrian estate in Palm Beach County, FL.
Pritzker has a net worth estimated at $3.4 billion.
Previously, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had to take heat after his brother, Chris Cuomo of CNN, violated quarantine when he tested positive for COVID-19.
“Today I am increasing the maximum fine for violations of state-mandated social distancing rules from $500 to $1000,” Tweeted Gov. Cuomo on April 6. “This is an enemy we have underestimated since day one. This is not the time to be lax. We need to #StayHome and stay properly distanced.
Moral of the story? Stay home … unless you are a rich, politically-connected Democrat.
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