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Whitmer says protests ‘make it likelier’ Michiganders will have to stay home longer

Whitmer says protests ‘make it likelier’ Michiganders will have to stay home longer

by Matt Durr, Mlive.com  |  Published on May 14, 2020

LANSING, MI — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the continuing protests at the state Capitol are making it more likely that Michiganders are going to have stay at home longer.

During an appearance on morning talk show “The View” Wednesday, Whitmer was asked about the protests that have taken place at the Capitol. Specifically, she was asked about President Trump’s assertion that she should reopen Michigan and make a deal with legislators and if his comments fuel the fires of unrest among protesters.

“I do think the fact of the matter is, these protests in a perverse way make it likelier that we’re going to have to stay in a stay-home posture. The whole point of (the protests) supposedly is that they don’t want to be doing that and that’s why I’m asking that everyone with a platform call on people to do the right thing,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer said the protests undermine efforts to lower the spread of the virus as those attending continuously ignore social distancing guidelines and do not wear facemasks. Those people then return home and risk spreading the virus in their communities, Whitmer said.

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