Gov. Whitmer Says Protests ‘Undermine’ Efforts to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is supportive of Americans exercising their right to protest, but not at the expense of putting others at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Co-host of ABC’s “The View” Whoopi Goldberg asked Whitmer if protesters are making it more difficult for the state to be able to contain the coronavirus.

According to Whitmer, the protests “undermine” the efforts put into place to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

“What we’re doing is working,” Whitmer said.

She added, “So these protests, they do undermine the effort and it’s very clearly a political statement that is playing out where people are coming together from across the state. They are congregating, they are not wearing masks, they are not staying six feet apart, and then they go back home into communities.”

Watch her comments below:

Protests erupted across the state after Whitmer issued three executive orders extending the emergency and disaster declaration set to expire at midnight on April 30, as IJR previously reported.

Shortly thereafter, Whitmer said the protesters are “not representative” of all of the residents of Michigan.

Whitmer was also met with opposition from Michigan’s Republican-controlled state legislature as they filed a lawsuit against Whitmer on May 6, as IJR previously reported.

The lawsuit alleges Whitmer refused to work with the legislature and her actions were “unconstitutional.”

Whitmer later expressed her support of banning guns inside of Michigan’s state capitol following the protests.

She went on to recognize the right of the American people “to dissent,” but encouraged them to do it responsibly.

“The risk of perpetuating the spread of COVID-19 is real. We’ve seen it happen and that’s why, you know, while I respect people’s right to dissent, they need to do it in a way that is responsible and does not put others at risk,” Whitmer said.


  1. Doesn’t she remind you of Squeaky Fromme from the Manson family?

    1. You remind me of little boy who still wants to be big tough soldier grow up

  2. Why haven’t LARGE GROUPS (No matter the affiliation) protest office doors and entrances of Pelosi, Schumer, Schitt, Nadler, Brennan, Hillary, Waters and completely shut them down daily? Prevent them from public appearances and block the other Dem Reps needed to provide a quorum.

  3. 0.02% of the people who get the virus die. This accounts for people who have underlying conditions such as the flu, bad heart, pneumonia, etc. This virus isn’t as deadly as the flu and that has a ‘season’ every year. So why are we going batshiet crazy for this virus? Why shut down the economy and now allow folks to work? Because you Devilcrats can’t accept STILL after 3 almost 4 years of losing to a man who had never run for anything before. It must be sad watching you all lose your collective minds. So you try and disrupt what Trump is doing by trying to impeach him. Didn’t work. Now you tank the economy and I guarantee you will blame him for this the closer it gets to November. You want this thing to last as long as you can to disrupt as many lives as you can. We’re smarter than you, we’re on to you. Trump will win in a landslide this November and, hopefully, some of you Devilcrats who have been harmed by your own party will come over and out of the dark to the light that is the Republican Party. No, we’re not all great, we’re not the total answer. But we love America and want her to succeed. Devilcrat politicians want New World Order and Socialism. Should be an easy choice for you.

    1. Because without the economy they have a shot to get Trump. This is their 35th game plan

  4. It would be awesome if only these spoiled brat, Caucasian trash, the health and lives of these moron protesters were negatively affected by their self absorbed arrogance and criminal stupidity. But they are not the only ones. Their immature, criminal selfishness is jeopardizing the health and lives of manifold others. Most often unawares.

    1. So no black people at all in this? You’re stupid.

  5. or interferes with her plan to run for the VP position with brain dead B.

  6. Over 70% of Michigan residents support Whitmer’s actions regarding social distancing. It is by no means a ‘lock down’. I go out walking everyday. I drive to the grocery store, bank, marina, municipal park and drug store without a problem. I am not being held captive…lol

    1. Yo Centrist don’t be contradicting the opinions of these idiots with the facts.
      It just ain’t ‘ Murican !!!!!!

      1. Gee, if only contusion would weigh in, then we all could sing “Three Blind Mice”.

        1. Are you saying a contusion{a break in the skin} would weight in? You probably don’t even know the words to Three Blind Mice stupid

          1. contusion is NOT a break in the skin, idiot. ANOTHER STUPID TROLL. You have no IDEA about what you are saying.
            contusion: an injury, as from a blow with a blunt instrument, in which the subsurface tissue is injured but the skin is not broken; bruise.

          2. “would weight in” BWahahaahahahahahaa. You can’t even COPY words correctly. contusion knows who he is and knows I’m talking to him. You have made yourself look INCREDIBLY STUPID thinking you have a clue.

          3. Did you get that tommy boi. A contusion is NOT a break in the skin. Hope you get paid for showing your own lack of intelligence.

    2. “Over 70% of Michigan residents support Whitmer’s actions”, please cite the poll and what date it was taken. March polls mean NOTHING in May.

      1. Liberals love to pull numbers out of thin air and then claim them to be the gospel truth. We’re seeing that with the COVID-19 numbers.

        1. you correct Regina. They throw crap out there and EXPECT all to believe it because they said so.

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