Michiganders are not happy with Governor Gretchen Whitmer after she apologized for breaking her own state-wide COVID restriction. Whitmer was captured in a photo with twelve other people at a restaurant Saturday. The photo has since been deleted.
Currently, dine-in groups of up to 6 people are allowed when seated according to an order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. But, tables must be 6 feet apart. In the photo, three tables have been pushed together to fit all 13 individuals. The order has been in effect since May 15th and remains until the end of the month.
Many pointed out that the Michigan governor is vaccinated, but the order applies to all, vaccinated or otherwise. No exception is made for those who have received the vaccine.
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to following public health protocols,” Whitmer said Sunday in a statement to local media. “Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.” The statement was not published to her website, or tweeted online.
Attorney Matthew S. DePerno tweeted his opinion about the “pretentious” apology. He would rather see Whitmer resign. Others online also agreed that Whitmer was acting like a hypocrite.
Instead of addressing the controversy online, Whitmer tweeted to celebrate 8 million Michiganders receiving the vaccine. So, some responded by bringing more attention to her rule breaking.
Executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund Tori Sachs also demanded that the governor take some action rather than make apologies. Since she was asking for forgiveness, Sachs suggested that Whitmer “pardon those accused of similar offenses.”
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In a statement to Fox News Digital, Daines showed no fear against the platform’s preposterous policy by simply saying, “My wife is a great shot. What can I say?”
Rachel Dumke, press secretary for Daines, said in a statement to Fox News Digital “The Senator thinks it’s preposterous that a picture of him and his wife hunting — an activity that is engrained in the Montana way of life — would be against Twitter rules. Our team has reached out to Twitter, and we’ll be working to get this resolved.”
Supporters from the conservative as well as hunting communities have come to Daines’ defense. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted: “Ridiculous. My friend @SteveDaines is in @Twitter jail for posting this pic w/ his wife Cindy. If you don’t like hunting, fine, don’t go. But don’t censor others who disagree. And I’m pretty sure this is a formal job responsibility for a senator from Montana!”
2/2 @SteveDaines told me he was aiming for the balloon, but hit an antelope instead. 🎈
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 7, 2023
Republican Representative from Montana, Ryan Zinke complimented the Senator’s wife, writing, “Great shot, Cindy!”
— Ryan Zinke (@RyanZinke) February 7, 2023
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