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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who’s voiced concerns about other demonstrations potentially spreading COVID-19 in recent weeks, participated Thursday in a civil rights march in Highland Park with hundreds of people who did not follow social distancing rules.
Whitmer drew criticism after she stood shoulder to shoulder with some march participants, who included Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. From the front line to last, the marchers started at Highland Park city hall and were a rolling quarter-mile of humanity traveling southbound on Woodward, with the skyline of downtown Detroit in the distance ahead, as a caravan of Detroit and Highland Park police vehicles escorted them while a helicopter buzzed overhead.
“Social distancing is critical to stop the spread of COVID-19 — unless you have a great photo op,” state Rep. Lynn Afenoudlis, R-Grand Rapids Township, tweeted.
Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown denied the governor had violated her own executive order issued Monday that says people should remain six feet apart if participating in public gatherings.
Photos of a kneeling Whitmer make it very clear that she did.
Contrary to the administration’s own guidance posted online, Brown said the unity march didn’t violate her latest order because it states, “Nothing in this order shall be taken to abridge protections guaranteed by the state or federal constitution.”
“That includes the right to peaceful protest,” she said.
That would have been really good for churches, synagogues and lockdown protesters to know. A week ago.
The First Amendment didn’t apply to religious worshipers or anti-lockdown protesters, but it does apply to socialist racists burning and looting.
That’s the Left’s vision of the First Amendment. It’s only meant to protect their rights while denying them to everyone else.