Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer faces recall petition, protests

Michigan’s Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing calls for her to be fired.

According to the Washington Examiner, harsh restrictions put in place by Whitmer to combat the spread of the coronavirus have left Michiganders up in arms — and now, they’re doing something about it. An online petition demanding the governor’s recall had garnered more than 250,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon as protesters in the Great Lakes State geared up to demonstrate their displeasure.

Going too far?

According to the Examiner, the petition “gained an additional 60,000 signatures in less than 24 hours” ahead of Tuesday morning as the people of Michigan became increasingly frustrated with strict restrictions put in place by Whitmer.

Even CNN questioned whether the governor went “too far” with measures that included, according to NBC News, “barring in-state travel to vacation residences and a tightening of business restrictions that included large stores having to close areas ‘dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint.'”

The governor also announced last week new limits on the number of customers who can be in stores in the state at a time.

“Any large store must limit the number of people in the store at one time, to no more than four customers for every thousand square feet of customer floor space,” she said, according to MSN. “If you’re not buying food, or medicine, or other essential items, you should not be going to the store.”

Promoting the pandemic?

Needless to say, this sort of petty tyranny has not sat well with Michiganders. The petition, which was first published nearly a month ago, alleges that Whitmer’s “failures” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic are “causing more Michiganders to get sick.”

Its author also accused Whitmer of “further promoting the pandemic” by closing some “non-essential businesses and activities while leaving others open.”

“She has lied since day one,” the petition adds.

But it isn’t just with their signatures that Michiganders are speaking out. NBC News reported Wednesday that protesters “descended” on that state’s capital that day “to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s restrictive stay-at-home order.” Many remained in their cars during the demonstration, the outlet noted.

Of course, it looks like Whitmer, for her part, has bigger fish to fry. The Democrat governor has taken to slamming President Donald Trump over his administration’s response to the pandemic, prompting speculation that she’s vying for the role of former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate this November.

If that’s indeed the case, however, she may want to start listening to her constituents. Getting recalled for being a capricious authoritarian isn’t a good look.

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