Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Told Pence That Anti-Coronavirus Safety Protesters Are Spreading Coronavirus
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Vice President Mike Pence in a recorded phone call that anti-coronavirus safety protesters are spreading the coronavirus, tweets ABC News journalist Katherine Faulders.
Gov. Whitmer asked VP Pence to consider discouraging protests. Per audio, she expressed concern about COVID-19 spread b/c of them: "But what we have seen from initial protests here is that we've got COVID-19 spreading in rural parts of our state, from which people traveled."— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) May 11, 2020
Michigan has the highest coronavirus death rate in the U.S., reported Salon.
Whitmer asked Pence — who has refused to wear a mask — to “reinforce” the need for Americans to take the pandemic “seriously”:
To the extent that you could reinforce kind of those needs to take this seriously, to continue — you know, everyone doing their part. And if discouraging protests is something you could consider doing, I’d really be grateful.
Pence reportedly gave Whitmer a generic response:
We will continue to emphasize to people the safe and responsible practices while we all move toward re-opening.
President Donald Trump praised the armed Michigan demonstrators as “very good people” on May 1.