At least four different county sheriffs in the state of Michigan have vowed to defy the statewide stay-at-home order by Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.), which many have called too harsh, as reported by Fox News.
The sheriffs in question are Mike Borkovich of Leelanau County, Ted Schendel of Benzie County, Ken Falk of Manistee County, and Kim Cole of Mason County. The four sheriffs all released a joint statement declaring that they “question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority,” adding that the order has “created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens.” The sheriffs announced that they will not be enforcing the order in each of their respective counties.
Among the most controversial aspects of Whitmer’s order, which was enacted on March 24th and is set to expire April 30th, is the rule that even visiting family or friends is prohibited. Whitmer has also come under heavy fire for such extensive rules as banning the sale of seeds in grocery stores, thus preventing Michigan residents from planting and growing their own food during the outbreak.
In response to the authoritarian acts, thousands of protesters descended on the state capitol in Lansing for a movement called “Operation Gridlock.” The vast majority of protesters, out of respect for “social distancing” rules, remained in their vehicles and blocked the roads, while hundreds still protested in-person at the capitol, waving American flags and holding various picket signs protesting the governor.
Whitmer is allegedly on the shortlist for former Vice President Joe Biden’s eventual choice of a running mate in the upcoming presidential election, which has led to further criticisms that she is no longer focusing on the wellbeing of her state, and instead is focused more on her own political future.