Michigan Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Whitmer’s lockdown orders

The Wisconsin state Supreme Court has finally struck down Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) overbearing and unconstitutional coronavirus mandates, and the notorious Trump enemy is not happy about it. 

Whitmer released a statement on Friday after the ruling, saying she “vehemently disagrees” with the decision and triumphantly reminding constituents that the ruling does not take effect for several weeks.

Michigan finally freed

After months of draconian lockdown measures that decimated the state’s economy and curbed residents’ constitutional freedoms, the state’s high court ruled that Whitmer’s orders were “an unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.”

“These policies exhibit a sweeping scope, both with regard to the subjects covered and the power exercised over those subjects. Indeed, they rest on an assertion of power to reorder social life and to limit, if not altogether displace, the livelihoods of residents across the state and throughout wide-ranging industries,” read the ruling.

The court cited a long list of businesses that were destroyed or heavily impacted by Whitmer’s orders, including:

Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, schools, churches, theaters, cinemas, libraries, museums, gymnasiums, fitness centers, public swimming pools, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas, casinos, and racetracks.

“The executive orders issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic now lack any basis under Michigan law,” the court declared with finality.

Whitmer strikes back

Whitmer, who has defiantly doubled-down on her devastating lockdown rules since the beginning of the pandemic, issued a statement condemning the decision.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling, handed down by a narrow majority of Republican justices, is deeply disappointing, and I vehemently disagree with the court’s interpretation of the Michigan Constitution,” she stated.

Whitmer has been at odds with the state’s GOP-led legislature since the beginning of the pandemic, and after months of back-and-forth, she has finally been defeated.

Whitmer noted in her statement that “this ruling does not take effect for at least 21 days, and until then, my emergency declaration and orders retain the force of law,” and said that after the 21 days expires, many of her lockdown measures will “continue under alternative sources of authority.”

She did not detail what the “alternative sources of authority” that will take over are or which of the measures will be resurrected under them.

“I want the people of Michigan to know that no matter what happens, I will never stop fighting to keep you and your families safe from this deadly virus,” she concluded.

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