Of all of the Democratic governors who’ve imposed strict “stay-at-home” measures and forced business closures to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has arguably been the worst of the bunch.
Her constituents are now pushing back against her petty authoritarianism, however, with an online petition demanding she be removed from office, according to Breitbart.
Petition for recall
The “Recall Governor Whitmer” petition was reportedly begun approximately three weeks ago in response to the governor’s executive orders that many in the state viewed as arbitrary and capricious.
The petition’s author said Whitmer’s “failures” during the COVID-19 pandemic are “causing more Michiganders to get sick. Closing and banning various non-essential [businesses] and activities while leaving others open. Further promoting the pandemic,” they further alleged.
In light of other policy failures on the part of the governor, the petition accused Whitmer of having “lied since day one” and of “negligence” that has resulted in a “lack of anything positive for the State of Michigan.”
Whitmer exercises her authority
Breitbart noted that after a relatively slow start in gaining support, the petition has experienced a surge in new signatures over the past few days, breaching the 200,000 mark on Tuesday.
Since then, as of Wednesday afternoon, more than 253,000 people have expressed their support for a recall effort by the Michigan State House against Gov. Whitmer.
One possible reason for the surge in support in recent days is Whitmer’s extension of her “stay-at-home” mandate past the end of the month that is now paired with the threat of enforcement by way of a $1,000 fine and/or a six-month jail sentence. She has also imposed rather draconian travel restrictions that prevent people from visiting family or even other residences they may own.
In addition to that are the seemingly arbitrary restrictions she has placed on what sorts of goods and services Michiganders are permitted to buy during this period, all based on her capricious designations of what is “essential” and “non-essential.”
That has led to some stores being forced to cordon off sections of stores to prevent people from obtaining “non-essential” goods like clothing, garden seeds, and home improvement materials.
Michiganders demand accountability
In the meantime, and as signatures accumulated on the recall petition, thousands of Michiganders took to the streets of the state’s capital in protest against the governor’s authoritarianism.
Whether Gov. Whitmer receives the very loud and clear message from her constituents remains to be seen. But there is no mistaking the fact that, in the view of hundreds of thousands of people — if not more — she has gone way too far in exercising power and control over the people of her state. She must be held accountable.