Michiganders continue to stand against the safer-at-home order that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enacted and has extended multiple times. Stances against Whitmer are taking place in the forms of demonstrations at the Michigan State Capitol, lawsuits from state residents and the state legislature, and sheriffs who refuse to uphold Whitmer’s tyrannical order.
Now, the Michigan governor has attempted to make the case that pushback against her safer-at-home order is merely political play from Republicans. Like many claims from Whitmer, however, this assertion is simply not accurate.
As a matter of fact, the latest sheriff to cite his refusal to enforce the aforementioned directive is a Democrat. Earlier this week, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, another Democrat, professed that he is “unimpressed” with Whitmer’s response to COVID-19.
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Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson is the latest to come out against the Michigan governor’s order, claiming that he simply won’t uphold it. The sheriff’s remarks occurred yesterday during an interview with No BS News Hour.
During this time, Swanson noted the importance of the Constitution and also “separation of powers.” The Genesee County sheriff explained that his position entails the executive branch of the separation of powers; this statement came before noting that the executive branch upholds laws “with discretion.”
Finally, the sheriff noted that many businesses are dying because of Whitmer’s safer-at-home mandate. For this reason, Sheriff Swanson confirmed that he will not have law enforcement officers pull over individuals, issue tickets, or force businesses to close.
In his own words:
“I tell this to my people in Genesee County, because I have seen people and I have seen people on the nursing side… the business side, they’re dying. We have not raided a business, we have not shut a business down. We’re not pulling people over. We’re not writing tickets. And don’t expect us to do it.”
The Genesee County sheriff is not the only sheriff in Michigan to take this position. Brian BeGole, the Shiawassee County sheriff, has also informed that he won’t enforce the safer-at-home directive either.
Gov. Whitmer has maintained her belief that Michigan residents are “safer at home” until a coronavirus vaccine arrives.