Judge orders Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to give up fight with barbershop owner

A judge has ordered Democrat Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to give up her bizarre vendetta against an embattled barbershop owner.

Michigan’s state Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday in favor of Karl Manke, a 77-year old barber who Whitmer has tried to crush for the crime of cutting hair, Breitbart reported — and now, a county judge is telling the Trump-hating governor to give up the pursuit.

Judge sides with barber

Even as barbershops in Michigan are set to open on June 15, Whitmer has continued fighting to shut Manke down ever since he opened his shop in May, in spite of coronavirus restrictions. The state had the Owosso barber’s license suspended, and an appeals court affirmed that decision, according to Breitbart.

Last week, the state’s attorney general upped the ante with a motion to hold Manke in contempt and crush the barber with $7,500 in fines every single day he keeps cutting hair, as Breitbart noted.

But some common sense has been restored: on Friday, Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled that the appeals court’s decision was based on “hysteria” and that a preliminary injunction against Manke was not valid.

“It is incumbent on the courts to ensure decisions are made according to the rule of law, not hysteria,” Justice David F. Viviano wrote, according to Fox News. “One hopes that this great principle — essential to any free society, including ours — will not itself become another casualty of COVID-19.”

In response, county Judge Matthew Stewart, who had been told to enforce the injunction, as Michigan’s MLive.com reported, said that it is “no longer appropriate for Plaintiff to seek to compel Defendant to comply with a nonexistent injunction,” according to Breitbart.

Sanity restored?

For her part, Whitmer has drawn ire nationwide for her COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, which many said were petty and excessive. But through the whole ordeal, Manke has adamantly refused to live according to the Democrat’s arbitrary dictates.

“Either Jesus comes, they cut my hands off, or she resigns, one or the other,” the barber said, according to MLive.

Indeed, it’s hard to see how Whitmer can justify continuing to harass a business owner after the governor, who attacked lockdown protesters last month and compared them to Nazis, marched in large protests against police brutality — completely contradicting her own draconian restrictions.

What’s more, the Supreme Court hinted that her injunction against Manke might be “rendered moot” in light of the fact that barbershops are opening next week, MLive reported.

All in all, this was a good decision. It’s time for this nonsense to end.

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