Last week, residents protesting the COVID-19 lockdowns stormed the Michigan Capitol building with guns, Confederate flags, and nooses.
“Some of the outrageousnesses of what happened at our capitol depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history in this country,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday on CNN.
Whitmer said the protestors carried the racist flags, nooses as well as swastikas to oppose her stay-at-home orders.
“Whether you agree with me or not, I’m working to protect your life if you live in the state of Michigan,” she said.” I am going to continue to do my job regardless of what tweets come out or what polls come out or what people think makes sense.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump said the protesters were” very good people.”
Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order on Friday through May 15 and said outdoor work could resume next Thursday.
“We’re not in a political crisis where we should just negotiate and find some common ground here. We’re in a public health crisis,” Whitmer said.” We’re in the midst of a global pandemic that has already killed almost 4,000 people in our state.”
As of Sunday, there have been an additional 547 confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan and 29 more deaths. This brings the total to more than 43,700 cases and 4,020 deaths.