Over the last year, many Americans have lost patience with economically-punishing and seemingly arbitrary coronavirus restrictions, especially as many public officials seem to follow them only when it’s convenient.
In just the latest example, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was caught ignoring her own rules to attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration last Wednesday, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Whitmer ignores restrictions
Restaurateurs in Michigan are still getting whacked with heavy fines, but the state’s governor has shown little interest in being so restrained.
While her restrictions limit outdoor gatherings for her residents to just 25 people, the crowd in Washington was about 2,000 last week, according to the Free Beacon’s estimate.
Nevertheless, Whitmer claimed that she was following her guidelines, and remarkably, even said that she “can’t stand those people that have one rule for others and a different one for themselves,” demonstrating that she is at least self-aware to some extent.
Whitmer shared a photo from the scene outside the Capitol on Twitter. “Anyone who watched would have seen that we were spaced out, we were outside, and we were masked up,” Whitmer said. “I have been following the same directives I’ve asked everyone else to. I can’t stand those people that have one rule for others and a different one for themselves.”
— Gretchen Whitmer (@gretchenwhitmer) January 20, 2021
Rules are for little people
In June, Whitmer was just one Democrat who joined crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters in solidarity, The Free Beacon noted, despite criticizing lockdown protesters in her state, who she compared to Nazis.
Republicans in Michigan say that they’re not surprised by Whitmer’s behavior at this point.
“Governor Whitmer has sadly been more focused on public relations and partisan politics instead of collaborating and making smart decisions to better help the people of Michigan,” Michigan state Sen. Aric Nesbitt told the Free Beacon.
“The science around this virus is settled, and if we can all wear masks and be very smart about congregating, and not do it unless it’s necessary, washing our hands, doing that social distancing, we will be in a strong position in a few weeks,” Whitmer said, according to The Detroit News.