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Whitmer stressed that it was a small group of people compared to the overall population of the state, and that the “vast majority” of people are doing the right thing. Whitmer advised people not to listen to partisan rhetoric, or “tweets for that matter,” and do the right thing.
What prompted the comparison to Charlottesville? Tapper brought up Trump’s tweet from Friday, which used language hauntingly close to the “very fine people” of the Charlottesville white nationalist rally.
“I’m going to continue to do my job, regardless of what tweets come out or what polls come out or what people think that makes sense. We’re going to listen to facts and science. We have got to get this right,” the governor added on CNN.
“We’ve lost in the last 24 hours almost the same number of Americans that were killed on 9/11… And that’s just in the last 24 hours,” she stressed. Earlier this week, nationwide, the U.S. exceeded the number of American lives lost during the Vietnam War. “This isn’t something we just negotiate ourselves out of,” Whitmer added.
Earlier today, Dr. Deborah Birx went on Fox News and described the protesters as “devastatingly worrisome” given the lack of social distancing and lack of masks.
Some glimmers of hope out of Michigan include a free coronavirus testing day for Detroit residents, and Whitmer introducing a plan to offer tuition-free college education to essential workers battling COVID-19, including people who work at grocery stores, janitorial staffs at hospitals and nursing homes, child care workers, and more.