Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer admitted Sunday on CNN that some of her lockdown policies didn’t make sense in hindsight.
During the height of the pandemic, Whitmer instituted some of the toughest lockdown measures. Whitmer issued an executive order in April of 2020 that deemed several home-improvement and gardening items, such as fruit and vegetable seeds, as “non-essential.” Whitmer’s order gave explicit instructions with regard to the “non-essential” items that they could not be sold.
“Close areas of the store – by cordoning them off, placing signs in aisles posting prominent signs, removing goods from shelves, or other appropriate means – that are dedicated to the following classes of goods,” the order said.
I didn’t believe this at first, but Whitmer’s order does indeed require stores to shut down their gardening and planting sections. https://t.co/aV7AOigtQp
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) April 10, 2020
CNN’s Chris Wallace asked Whitmer about the lockdown measures.
“I’m just curious, if there is one thing in particularly that you could do differently and again knowing then what you know now, what would it be?” Wallace asked.
“Michigan would’ve been manufacturing the world’s masks and swabs and would’ve help keep people safe,” Whitmer said.
“I mean in terms of lockdown,” Wallace pressed. (RELATED: Second Amendment Advocacy Group Promises To Recall Any Michigan Politician That Votes For Gun Control)
“You know, there were moments where, you know, we had to make some decisions that in retrospect don’t make a lot of sense, right? If you went to the hardware store, you could go to the hardware store but we didn’t want people to be congregating around the garden supplies. People said ‘oh, she’s outlawed seeds.’ It was February in Michigan and nobody was planting anyway. But that being said, some of those policies I look back and think maybe that was a little more than what we needed to do.”
Whitmer also signed one of the most aggressive stay-at-home orders that banned all public gatherings of any size and barred residents from traveling between homes even if they owned both properties.