Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) conceded that her pandemic lockdown policies, which led to a disastrous nursing home scandal and extensive business shutdowns, went too far on Sunday during a visit with CNN’s Chris Wallace.
“There were moments where, you know, we had to make some decisions that in retrospect don’t make a lot of sense, right? If you went to the hardware store, you could go to the hardware store but we didn’t want people to be congregating around the garden supplies,” Whitmer told Wallace, referring to her administration’s executive order that effectively barred Michigan stores from selling gardening supplies.
“People said ‘oh, she’s outlawed seeds.’ It was February in Michigan, no one was planting anyway,” she continued.
“But that being said, some of those policies I look back and think, you know, maybe that was a little more than what we needed to do.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer admits locking down her state and restricting seed sales “was a little more than we needed to do."
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The order banned stores from selling items “not necessary to sustain or protect life” during the pandemic, which forced businesses to either shut down or lose out on critical sales. It also banned citizens from traveling to different residences, including second homes within the state’s borders.
The order was rescinded just weeks later after Whitmer faced severe backlash.
According to the Epoch Times, the Institute for Justice, a non-profit law firm, slammed Whitmer’s “unconstitutional prohibition” in a letter, explaining that her executive order was “impeding the rights of the many Michigan families who seek to grow their own food.”
Whitmer infamously took a controversial trip to Florida while unvaccinated, which contradicted her own travel policies at the time, and even said it was “maddening” that she faced backlash over the vacation.
“It’s maddening because a lot of these same people would accuse me of not having family values if I didn’t show up when a family member needed some help, right?” Whitmer said during a Washington Post interview, Bridge Michigan reports.
“A two-day trip. I wasn’t out partying in Miami. It’s a very different situation than what they’re portraying.”
During her Sunday interview with Wallace, Whitmer also wildly claimed that former President Donald Trump made her “a target.”
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