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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enlists Santa Claus to tell kids to ‘follow the rules’ on COVID-19

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) hosted a Zoom video conference call with an enlisted Santa Claus for children on Wednesday. Santa encouraged the children to “social distance, wash your hands, and make sure you wear your mask.” Instead of little ones with sugar plums dancing in their dreams asking for presents, they received a lecture from jolly St. Nick on the pandemic.

The video began with Whitmer introducing Santa to the children who had gathered virtually for the call. What ensued disturbed many parents and certainly made Whitmer’s heavy-handed tactics and government mandates front and center for these kids.

“We know this holiday will look different in many ways, but Michigan’s children can be assured that Santa Claus will continue his yearly tradition of visiting millions of children around the world,” said Governor Whitmer.


One little boy on script asked Santa if he had to wear a mask, to which he replied, “When I’m in my workshop with all my elves, we all are masked up and social distancing.”

Another child told Santa he would set out hand sanitizer along with cookies and milk, which Whitmer called “a good suggestion.” The video had the feel of a rehearsed piece of propaganda.

Several children asked Santa if the coronavirus had reached the North Pole.

“Everyone has been testing negative. We’re still getting tested,” said Santa. “I think we’re so far north that it might not be getting to us, but we’re not gonna take any chances. We’re all gonna mask up, we’re all going to wash our hands and we’re all going to stay six feet apart.”

“What I would suggest to do is what the governor is telling all the people of the great state of Michigan to do: Social distance, wash your hands and make sure you wear your mask when you’re outside your home,” he added.

Whitmer then added: “Another way to stay safe during the holiday is to stay home, but call your grandparents and your cousins and your family, and it’s the safest way to tell the people you love how much you care about them. This year it has to look a little bit different so we can stay safe.”

This is yet another move by Whitmer that is sure to get massive pushback from families and Michigan conservatives.

Whitmer’s orders are unpopular on all sides. In October, the FBI thwarted a plot by a militia leftist Antifa-aligned group to kidnap her and overthrow the government. Those involved in the kidnapping plot were allegedly upset at Whitmer’s restrictions put in place to slow the pandemic, with one member calling her a “tyrant b*tch.”

In November, Michigan GOP lawmakers announced they would begin the process of calling for Whitmer’s impeachment. State Rep. Matt Maddock (R) claimed that she had “crossed the line” with her coronavirus restrictions and “violated our Constitutional rights.”

Whitmer has defended her authority to call for restrictions and lockdowns if necessary. Last week she extended Michigan’s statewide lockdown until Dec. 20. The state has seen a slight decline in coronavirus numbers since the lockdown.

Ironically, as Janice Dean points out, “She also put Covid positive patients into nursing homes.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has repeatedly said she will use every tool at her disposal to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Now she’s using Santa to keep families in line.

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