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Do as I say, not as I do. Sadly, that’s the approach some political “leaders” take to governing.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is one who has repeatedly chosen that approach. Last month, she was caught taking a trip to Florida after blaming travel to and from the state for the recent COVID outbreak in Michigan.
Now she’s been caught again.
On Sunday, a photo was leaked of Whitmer and several of her friends at a dive bar in East Lansing, violating her own coronavirus restrictions. Those restrictions were just set in place on May 15, so apparently they don’t apply to her.
Here’s a snippet from those restrictions:
“Gatherings are prohibited at food service establishments, whether indoor or outdoor, unless: Consumption of food or beverages is permitted only in a designated dining area where patrons are seated, groups of patrons are separated by at least 6 feet, no more than 6 patrons are seated together (at a table, booth, or group of fixed seats), and groups of patrons do not intermingle.”
Yeah, Gretchen and her weekend crew didn’t follow any of that. This was an incredibly hypocritical move, and she knows it. She acknowledged her mistake, but folks, we need to forgive her apparently. She just “didn’t stop to think about it.”
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to following public health protocols. Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it,” she said in a statement, via Breitbart News.
“In retrospect, I should have thought about it,” she added. “I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.”
REACTION: After a photo surfaced of @GovWhitmer at a table in an East Lansing bar with a dozen other people, seemingly against her own COVID orders, her press secretary released this statement from Whitmer:@9and10News pic.twitter.com/fePStJvfK8
— Eric Lloyd (@EricLloyd) May 23, 2021
I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty convincing. It’s only the second time in as many months that Whitmer has been caught not following her own public directives behind the scenes, but what does that matter? She just didn’t think about it, right?
She’s allowed to make a mistake. But remember, almost every other Michigan resident isn’t afforded that same opportunity.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.