Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a series of executive orders limiting the movement of Michiganders after the Legislature refused to extend a state of emergency. (File photo courtesy of the governor's office)

LANSING — A divided Michigan Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lacks the power to issue executive orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic without consent from the Legislature.

In a 4-3 decision, the court’s conservative majority ruled that a law Whitmer has cited to continue issuing emergency orders — the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 — unlawfully delegates legislative authority to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.  

The ruling found the executive orders she has issued are no longer legal. 

"Accordingly, the executive orders issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic now lack any basis under Michigan law," Justice Steven Markman wrote in a majority opinion.

The impact of the ruling wasn’t immediately clear on Friday, in part because it came in response to a federal judge who is weighing a separate but related case about specific orders from the Democratic governor. 

Whitmer said the ruling from a “narrow majority of Republican justices is deeply disappointing.”

“I vehemently disagree with the court’s interpretation of the Michigan Constitution,” Whitmer said in a statement. 

“I want the people of Michigan to know that no matter what happens, I will never stop fighting to keep you and your families safe from this deadly virus.” 

Whitmer contended the ruling doesn’t take effect for 21 days. After that, she said she’ll use “alternative sources of authority” to “control the spread of the virus.” 

Whitmer did not elaborate, but the state Health Department, which she controls, also has issued orders that remain place and unchallenged and incorporate elements of the governor's directives on masks, worker safety and other business regulations.

Health Director Robert Gordon has signed 19 such orders since March, some of them simply reinforcing Whitmer's executive orders. 

The Supreme Court ruling came just hours after Whitmer exercised her disputed powers, ordering a series of business restrictions in response to surging coronavirus cases in the Upper Peninsula. It’s unclear whether that order now stands.

The order "effectively" invalidates Whitmer's executive orders, "but it may take the formality of further action by the federal court," said Steven Liedel, a government policy attorney at the Dykema law firm.

"The ability [for Whitmer] to move forward and enforce those orders in any meaningful way is going to be affected," said Liedel, who served as legal counsel to former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.  

But Whitmer still has options to address the pandemic, including additional public health orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

"Obviously, the Department of Health and Human Services works for the governor, and that would be one option," Liedel said. "I suspect we'll see new actions by  the administration to address some of the issues that had been addressed by the executive orders."

Whitmer has issued more than 180 executive orders related to the coronavirus since mid-March, when she first declared a state of emergency shortly after the first two cases of the virus were discovered in the state. 

The orders touched on multiple facets of life in Michigan, at one point closing restaurants and retail businesses and schools and then limiting capacity, as well as imposing numerous restrictions on nursing homes. The orders also banned evictions and water shutoffs. 

Initially, Whitmer issued the orders with tacit consent from the Legislature, but the Republican majority refused to extend a state of emergency past April 30. 

Since then, she’s renewed the emergency several times and issued 123 orders.   

At issue are two dueling laws that give Michigan governors broad powers during emergencies.

Whitmer has relied on a 1945 law, passed after civil unrest in Detroit, that gives the governor temporary emergency powers during emergencies. But the majority said that law violates separation-of-powers principles.

The law “purports to delegate to the executive branch the legislative powers of state government — including its plenary police powers — and to allow the exercise of such powers indefinitely,” Markman wrote. “As a consequence, the [law] cannot continue to provide a basis for the Governor to exercise emergency powers.”

A separate 1976 law also allows the governor to declare a state of emergency but requires legislative approval every 28 days. Justices on the state’s highest court ruled unanimously the law did not give Whitmer authority to extend her state of emergency after April 30, when the Republican-led Legislature declined her request for an extension. 

But the three liberal justices on the court objected to the conservative ruling on the 1945 law. 

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack accused the majority of "creating a new constitutional rule to strike down a 75-year-old statute" that the Legislature approved to address emergencies. 

"In doing so, the majority needlessly inserts the Court into what has become an emotionally charged political dispute," McCormack wrote in a dissent. 

"Because our precedent does not support the majority's decision, because I would not make new rules to address a once-in-a-century global pandemic, and because there are many other remedies available to curb executive overreach, I respectfully dissent in part."

The seven-member court consists of four Republican-affiliated justices and three with Democratic ties. It issued the opinion in response to a request U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney, who had asked them to weigh in on the governor’s powers as he considers a federal lawsuit over medical orders she issued earlier this year.

The Michigan Supreme Court has not ruled in a separate lawsuit by the Republican-led state Legislature.  

House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, called the ruling a “big win for our democratic process” that will require the legislative and executive branches to work together on the state’s continued response to COVID-19.

“We will now continue our partnership with our governor,” Chatfield said in a statement. “We will work through this challenge as our Constitution requires and as we always have in times past - together.”

In a statement, Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox said “this is a great day for the people of Michigan, while Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said "now is the time for bipartisan action to transition from government operating in fear of the virus to government managing life in the presence of the virus."  

Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat,  wrote on Twitter that "while I respect and accept the decision of the court, I fear for the future of our state and for all our residents." 

Whitmer is not the only state governor to lose legal battles over her executive power during the pandemic. 

In Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers successfully sued Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ administration to cancel an April extension of the state’s stay-home orders. In that case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in May that the stay-at-home order was “unenforceable.” The court ruled Evers’ administration must instead enact COVID-19 policies as administrative rules subject to legislative oversight. 

Now, a conservative law firm in Wisconsin is challenging Evers’ recent extension of the state’s public health emergency, which includes a statewide mask order. The group contends Evers has no power to extend the emergency without legislative consent. That case is pending.

Multiple other governors have been sued over their COVID-19 restrictions. In Minnesota, a judge last month dismissed Republican lawmakers’ lawsuit challenging Gov. Tim Walz’ emergency powers, ruling that Walz “has acted pursuant to the authority delegated to him by the Legislature.”

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Regular People
Fri, 10/02/2020 - 7:31pm

Time to replace the GOP in Michigan, top to bottom. Vote for Dems! Unfortunately we don't get the presidential treatment if we get covid. We could lose everything our very lives, our families, friends, our homes.

Westlander
Sun, 10/04/2020 - 7:30pm

whitmers death toll from her nursing home policy is horrmifying. We have nearly triple the deaths as Tennessee yet they have 50 thousand more covid cases. She is tyrannical and should be removed from office.

Westlander
Sun, 10/04/2020 - 7:30pm

whitmers death toll from her nursing home policy is horrmifying. We have nearly triple the deaths as Tennessee yet they have 50 thousand more covid cases. She is tyrannical and should be removed from office.

Daniel 28
Thu, 10/08/2020 - 12:30pm

Since bridge didn't post my last post they probably won't post this one it basically said no politician is at fault from either party it is people's own irresponsibility. To not follow such rules as wearing a mask during a pandemic. If they want to put themselves in danger no law good or bad will stop them. And that doesn't make them free thinkers it makes them ignorant for not showing dignity and respect to the rest of us. They deserve to get the corona virus if that's how they're going to behave.

TommyT
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 6:51pm

The "Science" doesn't support your comment. You should actually read and do research instead of mouthing the Democrat talking points. Do you really believe you can hide from this virus? Don't you have any compassion for the people who have lost income and livelihoods because of your overreaction?

mw
Tue, 10/06/2020 - 8:37am

Mask mandates and occupancy mandates were actually helping to reopen the economy. If they are eliminated, expect to see more business closures and economic downturn. Businesses can't stay open if numerous employees get sick and less people are going to feel comfortable shopping and eating in restaurants without a mask mandate. The Trump-appointed Director of the CDC has said masks work on more than one occasion and even under oath, why is there still an argument over a mask mandate?

EB
Fri, 10/02/2020 - 7:34pm

The Michigan Supreme Court decides that two illegitimate bodies, the State House and Senate, trumps the authority of the legitimately elected state government executive. All but a few of our state legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, were NOT elected into office, they were gerrymandered into office and do not legitimately occupy these seats.

The Michigan Supreme Court effectively nullified a legitimately elected governor's authority during a pandemic.  We're in trouble Michiganders, big trouble.

duane
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 8:11pm

EB,
You may want only want Democrat Whitmer to run Michigan but our constitution says there are three branches, and all three serve at the will of the people.
All the Michigan Supreme Court said that Governor Whitmer couldn't name herself chief operating officer of Michigan government in perpetuity. They are saying that there has to be limits on the Governor declaring an emergency and claiming executive power indefinitely, Supreme Court told the Governor that just as our constitution says there is a balance of responsibilities, the Governor cannot usurp that of the legislature and courts.
The saving grace in this ruling is that we each do have a vote and a Governor does not have the right to claim she is all powerful and we all must kowtow.

sb
Tue, 10/06/2020 - 10:25am

And wasn't it the legislature that granted the governors powers to begin with? You're tripping all over yourselves here. They say they want to work with the governor, but refused to extend the state of emergency way back on April 30th. Not a good beginning, ending, or middle!

duane
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 4:19pm

sb,
You seem to ignore that the third branch [the Judicial] just said that it was unconstitutional. You may want to ignore that, you may not like the Courts for doing it, you may not like that the legislature disagrees with the Governor, you may not like that there are 'deplorables' voting in the election, but because of the reality of the three branches of Government we you and I are able to freely voice our difference views, we have an exceptional culture and country, we have the most giving and creative country [per capita] on the planet.
Isn't freedom, the two Party system, the three branches of government great?

DM
Tue, 10/13/2020 - 9:05am

Spot on. USA and MI Great Place to live.

middle of the mit
Fri, 10/02/2020 - 8:17pm

“We will now continue our partnership with our governor,” Chatfield said in a statement. “We will work through this challenge as our Constitution requires and as we always have in times past - together.”

Oh foooey! There has NEVER been a report anywhere that I have read, where the Republican plan was put up against what Governor Gretchen has done. There is a reason why. They. Don't. Have. A, Plan.

And WE are about to find that out!! Seems the GOP has 21 days. Better get on it!!!

Michigan By the...
Fri, 10/02/2020 - 8:50pm

All this says is that she needs to work with the legislature so that there is a check and balance system. She keeps declaring that if anyone but her makes decisions they will be the wrong ones and put people at risk. The legislature is chosen and placed by the people. It exists for a reason. Stop looking for ways to go around it! Stop looking for ways to continue as a dictator! The founding fathers wanted us to disagree, discuss and come to reasonable conclusions representing the people who elected them. Her assumption that the legislature is unable to accurately represent the people of Michigan is making a pretty strong statement against democracy.

mw
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 9:42am

Why hasn't the GOP put forth any legislation that follows the CDC guidelines? Why does the GOP ignore the science that shows mask usage is effective? Instead of attempting to work with Whitmer, the GOP would rather attack her and the science in order to score points with their base.

Anonymous
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 6:53pm

Based on the CDC guidelines, the state needs to open up. What is your point?

Anonymous
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 7:24am

Michigan has a couple more election cycles to rid the state of its biggest threat which is the Republican Party.

Julio
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 8:02am

THIS IS VERY SAD. so many lives destroyed; livelihoods , mental stability, not including those with covid sent to nursing homes resulting in the needless death of so many more, because of being power hungry. There were many more elected than just the Governor to deal with a time crisis. But what has been destroyed is destroyed, i feel bad for those who have lost everything. This is why totaltersim is never a good idea. It destroys a country now they want it here. Sadly people who think that this style of leadership is good are never as smart as they think they are in knowing what is good for all the people so it results in destruction.
I hope we can keep a reperenstive republic.

Anita
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 9:42pm

I think you meant totalitarianism. And yes, I agree. By reading many of the comments here you realize how important a representive government is. Your on the money Julio! I think this was more than the 1946 or whatever law she was inciting to inflict one person will on everyone. I thought it was very lawless, but today that seems to be the standard being set by too many.

Erwin Haas
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 8:27am

The article addresses the legal shenanigans of the governor and the public health cabal. The more relevant issues should be the obvious failure of the nearly 200 decrees imposed on us-their universal failure and even worsening of the disease itself and the disruption of the economy on citizens' lives and livelihoods.
The initial near total lockdown in March and April led to the initial burst of illnesses and deaths as kids stayed at home, college students and the newly unemployed crowded into fewer and fewer homes and the infected were rammed into nursing homes.
The last 2 months have shown a slow increase in the number of infections in a different demographic, the middle aged and basically healthy accompanied by about a half dozen deaths per day, possibly slowly rising as the number of new infections rise as Whitmer's decrees remain in effect.
We are better off without the constant disruption of normal life and the promotion of C19 in our state resulting from our governor's misconceptions. She takes her attitudes as being virtuous and true and has gotten away with the imposing her scam under color of unconstitutional decrees. As the courts have finally concluded.

Enough!
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 8:32am

Yeah, force her to herd GOP legislative cats who follow the Gospel according to Trump when she's trying to protect the safety of the general public, 10,000,000 Michiganders. Trump derangement syndrome is real and Trump thought he was immune to it, but he's not. Let reason and science rule, not selfish political opportunists.

Jennifer G
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 8:43am

While there may be people jumping for joy over this ruling they should note that many of the restrictions and / or closing of business happened before April 30. Opening of those same places were done by Executive Order after April 30 and are now null and void so those places may now have to close back up again as they will revert back to only the "legal" EOs pre-April 30 . Masks will remain as HHS also issued orders mirroring the governor's orders. Long story short, not much will change other than how her orders or wishes are presented to the people.

Pete
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 10:09am

Luckily the legislature has been enacting laws all along to codify the governor's orders rather than stamping their feet, right?

Does anyone think the legislature would have made any meaningful action after April 30 sans the 1945 law?

mw
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 9:46am

The GOP doesn't care that many of Whitmer's EOs are based on recommendations from the CDC and the WHO, they would rather score points with their base and campaign for reelection than to follow the best science we have.

Don
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 10:34am

Funny that this same court ruled that snyder the snake had the power to take over the city of Flint and to poision the city!!!! Need to vote all these traitors OUT!!!

EB
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 10:39am

When you consider the number of events that can effectively veto legislation, it's somewhat amazing that we have any law at all.
For example, a legislator can submit a bill and it gets assigned to a committee and often a subcommittee.
If it doesn't pass the subcommittee, the bill is dead.
If it doesn't pass the committee, the bill is dead.
Even if the bill is reported out of committee, a house vote may not happen.
It may not pass in the house taking up the bill.
It may not be voted on in the 2nd house that has to approve the bill.
It may not pass the 2nd house.
The governor may veto or not sign the bill.
Even if the bill is passed by the legislature and executive, any of several courts may declare the bill to be unconstitutional at any time, even decades after the passage.
A referendum can quash the passed law.
I live in a rural county where the Covid-19 infection rate is skyrocketing. It's skyrocketing because of lawlessness: many have ignored what up until yesterday were legal pandemic mitigation orders by our governor. And today the threats to life it self are no longer lawlessness, because their is no pandemic law anymore in Michigan. The pandemic solution was crafted in 1945 and was law, until yesterday.
We live in very strange times, lawless times.

Sue
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 10:54am

I really hope the legislature works diligently with the Governor to keep Michigan residents as safe as she was trying to do.

When COVID-19 first became widespread, Michigan was 4th in the number of cases and 3rd in the number of fatalities. We are now 17th in the number of cases, behind states like TX, FL, GA, AZ, NC, TN, AL, SC.....all states with GOP governors who closed for a nanosecond then opened widely. Only TX and FL have more residents than Michigan. The current hot spots, with increasing cases, are ND, SD, MT, NE and AR, and WI.

The most tested and protected people of all, the President and First Lady, who didn't wear a mask, along with his employees or others he came in contact with, has now tested positive. As have many of the Senators who attended an event in the Rose Garden last weekend.

I will continue to do what I have done since March, which is limit trips outside my home, always wear a mask, and be vigilant about the members of my family . I'm hoping that the legislature can see what has worked, and what has not, in Michigan and other states.

mw
Tue, 10/06/2020 - 8:51am

There are many parallels with Wisconsin and Michigan. The conservative-leaning state Supreme Court shot down a Democratic Governor's EOs and the ruling was celebrated by the Republican-led legislation. Just wait and our numbers are going to start trending upward again.

John Chastain
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 11:22am

Conservative dominated courts rule against executive authority and affirm legislative authority when the executive is a Democrat and the legislature is controlled by republicans. The same courts rule otherwise when the roles and parties are reversed. Trump claims unlimited executive authority and his republican sycophants here in Michigan and in the senate affirm his view and abdicate their responsibilities, when the chief executive is again a democrat they like these conservative judges will have a change of viewpoint on the powers of the executive. How very inconsistent of them, I wonder why? No actually I don’t, but you get the point I’m sure.
Michigan’s republican gerrymandered legislature will now pretend that the pandemic isn’t really that bad and dither over prevention and mitigation while Michigan joins other states controlled by republican deniers in a worsening case of Covid spread and the consequences of that stupidity.

Matt
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 10:42am

Uhh ... maybe you didn't notice but one of the main decesions Friday was unanimous (yes! included both D's and R's)? Along with the fact that the MI SC has not been anywhere near in lockstep with the R's. So your macinations are way off. But If you're living in that much fear you can always stay home under your bed and wring your hands over politicians's lack of consistency.

chief54
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 11:34am

God help us all now that we're in the hands of the Proud Boys. I believe the Gov has done, to the best of her ability, a reasonable job attempting to keep us safe or at least informed about the virus.

I can't imagine what the boys and girls in the legislature from the great north will do. Republicans are against health care and are all Trumpians who don't believe the virus is real.

Hopefully they won't do anything stupid that will endanger more citizens because they want to stick it to the Gov.

Stay safe, wear a mask and keep your distance.

duane
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 12:11pm

It seems Governor Whitmer feels she is above the law, 'she said she’ll use “alternative sources of authority” to “control the spread of the virus.” '
It appears, with her silence, the Michigan Attorney General is unwilling to even chastise the Governor for ignoring the ruling of the Courts, let alone uphold the authority of the Courts that her office so actively turns too when others oppose her will.
This all suggests the Democrats either don't care about the Courts when it is convenient for them or they don't believe in the separate but equal view of the three branches [Legislative, Administrative, Courts] of Michigan government.
For me this adds one more issue to consider when voting, who does accept the rule of law, who puts their party loyalty and politics above the rule of law, and who believes they are the political 'elite' of Michigan and need not listen even to the highest Michigan Court.

Tom
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 2:01pm

No governor has unlimited power - not Whitmer - no one. Hospitals and other healthcare workers were laid off if they were involved in “elective” procedures for everything from knee replacements to cancer detection and on and on. How many people suffered or died because Whitmer decided those services couldn’t be provided. Remember the ban on motor boats while her husband is trying to get someone to put their family motor boat in the water??? Thank God these doctors filed a lawsuit that resulted in the Michigan Supreme Court issuing this ruling.. Whitmer thought she was a queen ordering her subjects around. Not so Gretchen - this is OUR state - the PEOPLE’s state!!!

JEFFREY C JONES
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 2:03pm

thank goodness for the Michigan supreme court!!!...thus be it to all tyrants!!!,,Now impeach her!!!

Cheryl52
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 2:39pm

I trust Gov. Whitmer over anyone else as she believes in the medical community and scientists and she wants the best for Michigan. I don't trust naysayers and troublemakers. Unfortunate the courts are showing what they believe and trust and how they feel about protecting Michiganders.

Mary F Sparkman
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 2:55pm

Governor Whitmer needs to be recalled. She is PERSONALLY responsible for the drastic increase in Covid cases in the Upper Peninsula. Her failure to restrict travel across the Mackinac Bridge when we had only 2 cases in Chippewa County and barely 100 across the entire UP was catastrophic! I personally observed vacation homes that had stayed vacant for the first months housing as many as 5-10 vehicles from below the bridge after she eased restrictions. Some of these cabins are so small they would be considered tiny homes.

Paul Jordan
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 5:11pm

We will be voting for state representatives and senators one month from today. As we do so, we should all keep in mind the fact that Gov. Whitmer's efforts to keep Michiganders safe has been opposed at every turn by Republicans in the state legislature, as well as Republican-allied entities such as the Mackinac Center.
They have put scoring political points above the health and well-being of we constituents. They fully deserve to be thrown out of office.

Fed Up
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 6:24pm

Why is it so hard for people to understand these restrictions are for the good of all of us? We went from the top 3rd state down to #17 in cases for a reason. The states that opened too early paid the price for it. The Governor doesn't make these decisions on a whim, she talks to the experts. Why can't we all work together and beat this GLOBAL PANDEMIC??

Mike S
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 6:53pm

Chris Wallace: “Will you, Governor Whitmer, agree to abide by the results of the Supreme Court and will you agree to a peaceful transition of power?”

Gov Whitmer “I vehemently disagree....” and basically “it was rigged by the Republican justices!”

Ben W Washburn
Sat, 10/03/2020 - 6:56pm

As a lawyer, I'm not surprised by the Supreme Court's slim majority ruling; it's consistent with conservative thinking about the role of the Court as an arbiter between the powers of the Legislative body and those of the executive as formulated by the founders of the federal and most early state constitutions.
I don't fault the Governor, however, for taking the stance that she has under these pandemic circumstances. The 1945 Act has been on the books now for 75 years, and has been supported by both Republican and Democratic executives. The Governor would or could have been derelict in her office to have taken any other position than she has, given that history and the lack of any previous Supreme Court decisions to set a different precedent.
This decision also means, however, that the majority in the Legislature will now have to step-up and get real. It is easy to score partisan points when the law seems to leave you out of the picture. And it is not easy for a body of 110 members to quickly come together on any such public emergency. But, that this issue has been legally settled, it is incumbent upon every sitting member of the Legislature to take responsibility and to stay in Lansing and to work from dawn to midnight each and every day of this election season, when they had hoped to be able to focus instead upon getting re-elected.

JSK
Sun, 10/04/2020 - 9:02am

Most comments seemed to be supportive of the Governor Whitmer. The several that were not did not offer any alternatives except impeach her etc. The GOP would not work with Whitmer if the middle class lives depended on it. The GOP wants total control of Michigan, that they have had for far too many years. It is time for them to get out of the way of progress for the little guy and gal. Vote blue whatever you do. The Trump GOP needs to end now and forever.

Peter
Sun, 10/04/2020 - 10:24am

There should be no place for politics in our current crisis. I join the Governor in fearing for the welfare of Michigan if the mentality of our Legislature - as demonstrated to date - holds sway.

All that is necessary to see the wisdom (albeit less than “perfect” at times) of the Governor’s approach to managing the Coronavirus outbreak is to look at the states of Florida, Texas, Georgia and others that have taken a casual - even stupid - approach to the task of “living with this virus”. The tragic results speak for themselves.

A vaccine - if/when it is available will have an effectiveness of only 50%. That’s a virtual death sentence (in the absence of aggressive controls) for a third of our seniors and for those with comorbidities which compromise their resistance to this form of virus.

The Legislature should GROW UP and join the Governor in FIGHTING this virus - - not roll over and plan to live with it!!

Doug L
Sun, 10/04/2020 - 6:58pm

I believe that Gov. Whitmer has been a benevolent dictator, but I welcome a return to the rule of law under the state constitution. Now it is time for the legislature to step up and do the job they have been fighting for the right to do. All we need is cooperation between the legislature and the governor. God help us all.

aqilah
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 12:48am

As soon as the public hears no more guarantee folks are going to get sick. I am still not going to a lot of places and I will always wear my mask. Folks are crazy not to wear the mask, their president and his clan got the COVID 19, after being told in the beginning it's a hoax, and think of all those people he was around two weekends ago. hA

Cathy
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 1:12pm

Patriots! Welcome to Operation MAGA! Together we will make America great again. We have the greatest number of COVID deaths, the greatest economic recession and the greatest leader infected with COVID-19! Herd mentality for all!
(snark)

Cathy
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 1:16pm

The people who brought you ‘MAGA Part 1’, ‘Keep America Great’, ‘The Virus is Totally Under Control’, ‘the Healthcare Plan is coming in 2 weeks’ are proud to introduce Operation MAGA! FIRST 7.5 SALES GO IMMEDIATELY AND DIRECTLY TOWARDS PAYING OUR DEAR LEADER'S NEXT TAX BILL. PLEASE RETWEET! We at Operation MAGA stand against ANTIFA. We are strictly PRO FACIST!
Please Vote Blue

TommyT
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 6:47pm

Most of the people favoring Whitmer are retired or government workers. None of these people have lost anything during this crisis. Republicans are so much more compassionate and open minded than these neanderthals. There are only 2 types of people in this country, those who have had the disease and those who will get the disease. You can't hide from a virus.

Daniel 28
Tue, 10/06/2020 - 6:59pm

This isn't Trump's fault. This isn't Whitmer's fault. This is the fault of people with no common sense. Most people with common sense will wear a mask, social distance, and wash their hands during a pandemic. Some people need to be told by law or executive order to do this. Some people are so ignorant they will never change any of their behaviors for society's greater good be they democrat or republican, left or right, To these people I say LET COVID RUN WILD. Open up all the stadiums, theaters, colleges, amusement parks, tourist attractions, restraunts and sport bars. Then when the dust has settled the stupidity will be dead or if their still alive have a diminished lung capacity for the rest of their life but they will have their individual rights and no mask.