Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday extended her state’s lockdown until May 28 and increased her executive powers — unleashing a torrent of protest from opponents who want the economy to reopen.
Protesters stormed the legislature in Lansing — some armed with rifles — demanding that the governor loosen the many restrictions she has placed on the lives of people in the state, Fox reported. (RELATED: Gretchen Whitmer Fires Back At Opponents, Refuses To Sign Any Bill That Limits Her Authority)
“By refusing to extend the emergency and disaster declaration, Republican lawmakers are putting their heads in the sand and putting more lives and livelihoods at risk,” she said in a statement. “I’m not going to let that happen.”
Whitmer gains more authority with the latest emergency declaration. She can issue executive orders that are not contingent upon legislative approval, according to Fox.
Republicans in the state House and Senate passed resolutions Thursday that seek to limit her authority and reverse her decision to force citizens to stay at home at home. (RELATED: ‘No Penalty For Authoritarianism’: Tucker Carlson Blasts ‘Mediocre Politician’ Gretchen Whitmer’s ‘Power’ Grabs)
Whitmer vowed to veto the bill and any others “that constrain her ability to protect the people of Michigan from this deadly virus in a timely manner,” The Detroit News reported.
On Apr. 15, anti-lockdown protesters brought their message to the front door of Whitmer’s house.
Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano cited Whitmer’s aggressive social distancing measures on a recent “Fox & Friends” segment and suggested she not “treat us as though we are children.”
Whitmer has called abortion a “life sustaining” experience that is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro called Whitmer “corrupt” and “tone deaf” for hiring a leftist activist group named Great Lakes Community Engagement to assist the Michigan Department of Health to track people in the state who have become infected with the coronavirus.