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Michiganders Protest Gov. Whitmer’s Stay-At-Home Order

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A large group of Michigan residents staged a protest in the state’s capital city of Lansing on Wednesday in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) shelter-in-place order and restrictive measures on what people can purchase in stores, expressing a desire to reignite the state’s economy.

The Michigan Conservative Coalition organized Operation Gridlock, in which thousands of people drove into Lansing and surrounded the Michigan Capitol Building to create heavy traffic congestion as a method of protesting the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order, with many vehicles displaying American flags.

A post on MCC’s website says, “We are all concerned for those afflicted with COVID 19.  Yes, many of the personal behaviors we have been reminded to use are good practices.  Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick. That said, Michiganders are fed up!”

On Monday, a group of six Republican lawmakers representing the state of Michigan in Congress (Representatives Paul Mitchell, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Bill Huizenga, John Moolenaar and Jack Bergman), sent a letter to Gov. Whitmer to address her “far too restrictive” executive stay at home order implemented to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus arguing that it must be amended.

“Quarantine is when you restrict movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people,” Meshawn Maddock, an organizer of “Operation Gridlock” with the Michigan Conservative Coalition, told Fox News. “Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don’t need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful.”

For more information on the Michigan protests, click here.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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