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Michigan governor blasted for breaking her own COVID restriction

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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.

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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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Trump juror who was already sworn in fesses up, admits she cannot be ‘fair and unbiased’

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The latest scenario of one woman who has already been sworn in as a juror for former President Donald Trump’s trial is an indication of the complete improbability for a fair trial. Reporting from outside the New York City courthouse, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard explained the juror called the court to inform them that she did not know if she could actually be fair and impartial.

“She was asked to come to court this morning and went before the defense and went before the District Attorney’s office and answered questions about how she got to that conclusion” the reporter explains.

The juror discussed how she got calls, even yesterday, from friends, colleagues and family “questioning my identity as a juror.” She continued to say “I don’t believe I can be fair and unbiased and let the outside influences not affect me in the courtroom” the reporter quoted.

Hillyard’s report went on the emphasize the difficulty for these jurors in the next six to eight weeks because these are individuals who are supposed to be anonymous, yet we and the sides have some details about who these individuals are such as their neighborhoods and their occupations.

 

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