Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is now potentially facing impeachment just after issuing renewed statewide lockdowns which will surely destroy segments of the state’s economy.
Several Republican members of the Michigan House of Representatives are proposing articles against the Michigan tyrant.
State Rep. Matt Maddock announced via Parler that he is joining with Reps. Daire Rendon, Beau LaFave, Ryan Berman and Shane Hernandez on the effort. He added that incoming legislators Ken Borton and Steve Carra are supportive, as well.
State Sens. Dan Lauwers and Lana Theis are also backing impeachment, Maddock said.
Maddock posted a list of reasons for why he believed Whitmer should be impeached:
- Ignored court orders.
- Violated our Constitutional rights.
- Completely ignored due process and the legislature.
- Weaponized contact tracing databases to aid democrat campaigns.
- Using our kids as political pawns and denied special needs students who depend on the services that occur during in-person classes. Caused the unnecessary death of thousands of our vulnerable elderly who died alone and scared in nursing homes.
In Michigan, the House of Representatives initiates impeachment and a majority vote is required. In the next legislative session, Republicans will have a 58-52 majority.
On Sunday, Whitmer issued a string of new coronavirus-related orders and dubbed the actions a three-week “pause.”
Effective Wednesday, Whitmer shuttered in-person learning for high schoolers, arguing that population has the most contact with their peers. Amateur organized sports, including the current high school playoff seasons, are also “paused.”
Perhaps the most detrimental to an economy which has already been battered once by the overly restrictive lockdowns, the order also bans indoor dining at restaurants and bars. Theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, arenas, bowling centers, ice skating rinks, indoor water parks, bingo halls, casinos, and arcades also must close. Group fitness classes have been suspended.
Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association, issued a statement warning about the guaranteed economic fallout that would accompany the second round of lockdowns.
Winslow noted that the shutdown would force layoffs of approximately 250,000 employees during the 2020 holiday season. He also said another 6,000 restaurants may be forced to close permanently, and that 2,000 restaurants have already shuttered for good.
“We recognize that there are no easy decisions right now and so we have an appreciation of the challenge before Director Gordon and all Michiganders as we continue our fight against COVID-19,” Winslow said.
“That said, we are profoundly disappointed by his decision to shutter restaurants for a second time this year – this time with no safety net of federal stimulus dollars to soften the blow to already ailing operators and employees,” Winslow said.
“While this decision will absolutely lead to a catastrophic economic fallout, the human toll on restaurant owners and their employees will be dramatically worse than what Director Gordon is attempting to mitigate through this Order based upon the department’s own transmission data,” Winslow added.
All COVID executive orders signed by the governor since April 30 as well as the statute she claimed granted her that authority were determined unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court on Oct. 2. The court ruled the governor could not assume powers for both the executive and legislative branches.
Republican Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey tweeted his response Sunday evening, expressing his “disappointment” that the governor “chose to go it alone, again.”
“The Senate Republicans have been involved in thoughtful conversations with our doctors, hospitals, and the Whitmer administration on ways to combat the spread of this insidious virus and help support our healthcare workers,” Shirkey said.
“While were [sic] meeting in good faith, Gov. Whitmer was working on her own strategy that did not include input from the Senate Republicans and we see the result of her plans in this latest round of restrictions,” Shirkey added.