|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 20, 2021 at 2:50 PM|
According to local media, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Florida last month, just in time to caution constituents about sunbathing in the Covid rulebreaker's paradise. Her workers pretended it was a family visit.
Florida revoked its coronavirus regulations late last year, but Michigan's remain in effect. The mask-wearing state leader continues to (publicly) warn residents of her own state not to move, but her true loyalties are less border-bound than it seems. It was also disclosed that at least two of Whitmer's senior advisors left Michigan for "spring break," seemingly ignoring their boss' travel orders while maintaining that no such rules existed.
Whitmer responded to a reporter's query about whether there were "two sets of rules in play," one for the wealthy and dominant and another for "average" Michiganders. Despite her state having some of the strictest laws in the world, the governor flatly denied there had ever been “travel restrictions in Michigan.” “What directors do in their spare time is their business, as long as they are safe,” she contended.
“I'm not going to be distracted by partisan hit jobs on my team,” Whitmer insisted, ignoring stories by both MIRS News and Breitbart describing the governor's alleged hypocrisy as Michigan people were cautioned with a strong hand against fleeing the state as staffers jetted off to sunny spots in the south.
“What we have done is asked people to be smart, to get vaccinated, to mask up – that is the key to traveling with confidence that you will be safe and will not expose yourself or your loved ones,” Whitmer insisted.
Not only did the governor's aides spend the spring in Florida, but Whitmer herself took a "personal trip" to the Sunshine State, ostensibly to visit her father, who owns a home there. Her communications director declined to categorize the governor's trip as a family gathering, instead stating that the governor was "assisting her elderly father who is battling a chronic illness." The article about her visit, however, came only days after she was forced to defend her aides' trips to Florida, which has been running mask-free and without the business-killing Covid-19 mandates since September.
Indeed, tourism has been booming in Florida, despite the fact that the traditional spring break season started with the majority of the East Coast closed. Florida was able to entertain the stragglers, with Governor Ron DeSantis telling Americans that “there are no lockdowns in Florida” and local governments fighting to enforce an 8 p.m. curfew to hold revelers at bay.
Despite dire warnings from neighboring governors and the federal government, DeSantis has seen few negative consequences from reopening his state, with the exception of floods of citizens from other coastal states picking up and heading to his territory. Not only has economic development increased, with the state's iconic theme parks reopening their doors, but Covid-19 numbers have fallen and are expected to remain low – much to the chagrin of Whitmer and other lockdown supporters in the north.
“This is the time of year when snowbirds return from Florida, when people go on spring break, and all of these things can contribute to spread,” Whitmer warned in an MSNBC interview on Sunday, giving no clear proof while complaining that her state had a “compliance problem” in getting citizens to obey some of the country's strictest Covid-19 containment orders.
State Attorney General Dana Nessel blamed everyone but Democratic officeholders, claiming that the state's recent increase in case numbers was due to law enforcement and "Republican office holders" failing to do enough to push Michiganders back into their homes.