Michiganders take note: coronavirus restrictions only apply to little people, not well-connected Democrats with special parties to attend.
Weeks after telling residents that it was too dangerous to see relatives for the holidays, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was busted traveling to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the inauguration of President Joe Biden, according to the Washington Examiner.
Rules for thee…
Few politicians have received more attention or controversy for their pandemic response than Whitmer, who has had some of the strictest lockdowns in the country, as the Examiner noted.
Her residents are currently banned from indoor dining and must work remotely unless it is not “feasible,” while private, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people from no more than two households, with masks required. And like many public officials, Whitmer called on Michiganders to shun holiday travel, according to the Examiner.
Miraculously, these strictures were not in effect Wednesday when Whitmer traveled to the nation’s capital for Inauguration Day. She even snapped a selfie outside of the Capitol building to mark the occasion.
— Gretchen Whitmer (@gretchenwhitmer) January 20, 2021
Whitmer called the event “a moment that I will never forget,” but reports soon revealed that people back home weren’t feeling the joy. “Gov. Whitmer can travel to D.C. and attend Joe Biden’s inauguration celebration but Michiganders can’t step into their local diner or Coney for a meal,” GOP consultant Tori Sachs said in a tweet, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Democrats’ double standard
Whitmer justified her decision by remarking that people were wearing masks and that it was an outdoor gathering. “That is how we can live and enjoy some important aspects of life and stay safe,” she said, according to WOODTV in Grand Rapids. “I have been following the same directives I’ve asked everyone else to.”
However, many are liable to see a “rules for thee, not for me” mentality. At the very least, Whitmer is of one mind with the new president.
Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, sneered that Biden was “celebrating” a “historic day in our country” after he was caught maskless at the Lincoln Memorial, despite signing an executive order Wednesday requiring mask-wearing on federal property, as Fox News reported.
Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) had a similar response when she joined large crowds in the streets on Nov. 7 to celebrate the media calling the race for Biden, saying it was necessary for “relief,” according to Fox.
This all comes as a perceived tone shift among Democrats has fueled accusations of a politically motivated pandemic response to defeat President Donald Trump in last year’s election. On Friday, Whitmer announced that indoor dining can resume in February, making her the latest Democrat to make a sharp, mysterious pivot toward easing restrictions.