LANSING, MI –The Democratic Governor of Michigan was well known in her rebuke of President Donald Trump and the border wall. Yet, she apparently favors an eight foot electric fence around her property, which cost $1.1 million.
Gretchen Whitmer is spending $1.1 million to expand security around the Michigan Governors mansion INCLUDING AN 8 FT TALL FENCE.
Just a reminder that Democrats hate guns, walls – and in her case, seeds, American flags, church, and the ability to work – unless it's for themselves
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 9, 2020
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has publicly attacked President Trump in the past for his insistence of a border wall to help deter illegal aliens from entering the country. In February of 2017, she said:
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) February 5, 2017
“Trump’s proposed Mexican border wall would be costly & ineffective. Both Republicans & Democrats agree.”
She then tweeted:
“$40 BILLION for the wall. Think how many kids that would educate, how many roads, bridges and pipes it would fix.”
$40 BILLION for the wall. Think how many kids that would educate, how many roads, bridges and pipes it would fix. https://t.co/R9HaqLAsMZ
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) January 25, 2017
Whitmer also had a campaign saying when she ran for governor in 2018. She said:
“We must stand together, because when we do, we cannot fail. It is time we get back to building bridges. Not walls.” pic.twitter.com/TARxBlnKKW
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) June 30, 2018
“We must stand together, because when we do, we cannot fail. It is time we get back to building bridges. Not walls.”
Despite all of the talk of building bridges and not walls, that is exactly what Whitmer is doing by placing an eight-foot electrified fence around her property. She will not only be keeping out illegal aliens, as the border wall does, she will be keeping everyone out.
According to the Detroit News, Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for Whitmer said:
“Routine maintenance and upgrades are performed as needed to ensure the safety, security and protection of any sitting governor and the first family.”
And while those types of upgrades to ensure the safety of the first family would normally be viewed as appropriate, how about the needs for the citizens of the United States to feel safe from people illegally entering into the country?
How is it that Whitmer believes that it is appropriate to build a ‘wall’ around her property, for her protection, but one cannot be built along the border, for the protection of the country?
Brown said that the fence and other security measures were done at the recommendation of the Michigan State Police and the Department of Technology. Shannon Banner, a spokeswoman for the Michigan State Police said:
“As a matter of practice, we’re constantly reviewing security protocols and adjusting as needed. We don’t comment on specific threats against the governor nor do we provide information about security measures.”
This is not the first time that Whitmer or her family have been the center of controversy as of late. In May, Marc Mallory, Whitmer’s husband, contacted the boating company that stores the couple’s boat in northern Michigan, asking for it to be ready for launch before Memorial Day.
Now, this would not necessarily be a controversy except for two main points, one, he asked for the owner to launch the boat as a special favor as he was married to the governor. Two, the boat launch was in an area that Whitmer had specifically requested people who do not live there go to due to the pandemic.
Of course, supporters of Whitmer will say that the family owns a home there, this is true. However, they live in Lansing, which is roughly 200 miles away from that location.
When this information came to light, Brown said:
“Our practice is not to discuss the governor’s or her family’s personal calendar/schedules. And we’re not going to make it a practice of addressing every rumor that is spread online.”
Of course, this was not a flat-out denial, but the innuendo is there that this incident did not occur. However, as rumors continued to swirl around the issue, Whitmer had to address it with the media. Whitmer said:
“I do feel compelled to address the most recent one [rumor] about my husband Marc. My husband made a failed attempt at humor last week when checking in with a small business that helps with out boat and dock up north.
“Knowing it wouldn’t make a difference, he jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the cue. Obviously, with the motorized boating prohibition in our early days of COVID-19, he thought it might get a laugh.
“It didn’t and to be hones I wasn’t laughing either when it was relayed to me because I knew how it would be perceived. He regrets it, I wish it wouldn’t have happened and that’s really all we have to say about it.”
Michigan state senator: Governor Whitmer should be prosecuted for nursing home deaths – ‘Cold blooded killed elderly patients’
MICHIGAN – During a June 19th interview on No BS New Hours, Michigan state Republican Senator Peter Lucido alleged that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s policies with regard to co-mingling positive COVID patients with those not infected within nursing homes is at this point a criminal act.
In Senator Lucido’s perspective, Governor Whitmer “cold-blooded killed” elderly patients within the state’s nursing homes by the very practice.
State Senator: Gretchen Whitmer ‘Cold-Blooded Killed’ Nursing Home Patients; Vows to Prosecute Governor https://t.co/YWs0S2kzgv
— ♡ 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝 ℕ𝕠𝕥 ℂ𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕝𝕪 ♡ ℂ𝕛♡ #ℕ𝕆 #𝔻𝕄𝕊 (@ShotsRangOut) June 23, 2020
While speaking with the show host Charlie LeDuff, the state senator stated the following:
“What our governor has done is literally cold-blooded killed the most injured parties that are out there. The ones that have compromised immune systems—cold-blooded.”
When remarking on the actions taken by the governor’s disregard for common sense that he believes embarks upon criminal acts, Senator Lucido noted that the science proves that the move to keep elderly patients uninfected with COVID among those infected is grossly irresponsible:
“Science and data do not support infecting healthy people who have to be protected at all costs.”
Gov. Whitmer ignored the experts when they sounded the alarm about COVID-19 in nursing homes, and Michiganders suffered.
While Whitmer won’t take responsibility for her actions, I am thankful our Representatives are working to hold her accountable. https://t.co/gzh4UP5rIh
— Laura Cox (@MIGOPChair) June 27, 2020
While not mincing his words, Senator Lucido’s take on the matter was a little more tactful in his mentioning of the debacle as opposed to show host LeDuff’s take. The No BS News Hour host said that Governor Whitmer needed to “swallow” her pride and “get the goddamn shit fixed.”
When the senator was asked whether he’d explore the possibility of seeing if criminal proceedings could be levied against the state’s governor if he were ever elected as prosecutor, Lucido responded with the following:
“You’re damn right. I’d be looking at this real carefully and saying, ‘What medical data and expert did you rely on?’”
Rather than simply answer our questions, Governor Whitmer has refused to cooperate.
Even worse, House Democrats are letting her get away with it.
But grieving families still deserve answers, and her stonewalling won't stop us from getting them.https://t.co/Nl18pEtr70
— Select Committee Republicans (@SelectGOP) June 23, 2020
Senator Lucido explained that via Governor Whitmer essentially poising herself during the COVID response as being the sole decision maker on numerous matters related to the pandemic, he would absolutely prosecute her is he were in said position of power:
“I can look down at the data, which is not there, the science, which is not there, and have doctors come to testify to support that the medical decisions that were made here were made unilaterally by one person only…Gretchen Whitmer – you’re damn right she’s going to get charged because she deserves to own up to those deaths in those nursing homes.”
Governor Whitmer’s response to COVID in relation to nursing homes bears a significant resemblance to the backlash that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received for running similar nursing home practices during the outbreak.
Apparently, the New York state Department of Health website tried to cover up the remnants of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s March 25th order that forced nursing homes to admit COVID patients into the facilities.
However, the internet always leaves a trace, no matter what.
The cover up continues. Cuomo administration website delete his March 25th order to nursing homes to take in in Coronavirus patients (the result was 5000 dead seniors) https://t.co/RK7YScytIY
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) May 27, 2020
The webpage that once contained the March orders from the governor’s office about nursing homes being required to take in recent COVID patients has mysteriously vanished.
Obviously, there’s not much mystery to it, as it was clearly taken down after the backlash received over the confusing mandate delivered while the elderly were cited as being most vulnerable to the virus.
While Governor Cuomo at least amended the decision on compelling nursing homes to admit recent COVID patients, it wasn’t fixed until early May. Giving over a month’s time for the virus to wreak havoc in the likes of elderly care facilities not medically poised to deal with a sudden increase in infected patients.
Even though the webpage appears to have been scrubbed on or after May 5th, an archived version of the page still exists – thanks to the Wayback Machine. Thus, the bizarre order given in late March by Governor Cuomo can be forever referenced by those curious as to what he was thinking on March 25th.
The AP reports that more than 4,500 recovering coronavirus patients were sent to nursing homes in NYC, despite a warning from AMDA that the Cuomo's orders created a "clear and present danger."https://t.co/hpB8wMkmzF
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 25, 2020
The original order carried such quotable gems, like the following:
“No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
What was perhaps the most troubling from that delivered order was the portion related to saying nursing homes couldn’t even test those recently released by hospitals for COVID.
Effectively, not allowing the facilities to be able to appropriately address recently released patients who may have been still positive for the virus.
Elaine Mazzotta is a nurse who recently had her mother pass away from a suspected COVID case inside of a Long Island nursing home where she resided. She thinks the manner that the state handled nursing home admissions was “negligent”:
“The way this has been handled by the state is totally irresponsible, negligent and stupid. They knew better. They shouldn’t have sent these people into nursing homes.”
Governor Cuomo’s office defended their March 25th order by saying they were simply following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines published on March 13th. Melissa DeRosa, Governor Cuomo’s secretary, referenced this portion of the March 13th memorandum:
“Note: Nursing homes should admit any individuals that they would normally admit to their facility, including individuals from hospitals where a case of COVID-19 was/is present. Also, if possible, dedicate a unit/wing exclusively for any residents coming or returning from the hospital.”
When the secretary to the governor pointed out the following, she managed to somehow intertwine President Trump into the citation:
“Not ‘could’. ‘Should’. That is President Trump’s CMS and CDC… There are over a dozen states that did the exact same thing.”
Did you know:
More people have died as a result of New York & New Jersey’s disastrous Nursing Home policies than coronavirus deaths in Texas, Georgia, Ohio, and Florida COMBINED
Now Andrew Cuomo is trying to blame Trump for infecting the nursing homes
Cuomo should resign.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 24, 2020
However, there’s two glaring holes in the “logic” provided by DeRosa pointing to the March 13th memo issued by the CMS and over a “dozen states” who followed the aforementioned.
The first being is that the memo said “should” while Cuomo’s March 25th order forced nursing homes to accept COVID patients. One is a suggestion by the CMS, and Cuomo’s was a mandate.
Not to mention, the CMS memo didn’t mention anything about not testing incoming residents to nursing homes, while Cuomo’s order barred nursing homes from being able to administer tests for COVID to incoming residents returning from the hospital.
As for the “dozen” other states that followed the suggestions laid out by the CMS, no other state comes close to New York in terms of rates of infection and mortality regarding the virus. Not exactly a very good comparison.
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