Gov. Whitmer says Biden rally in MI is fine because he is "scrupulously following the science," decries next-day Trump rally as "very distressing"

by Joel Abbott · Sep 9th, 2020 11:53 am
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Last Updated Sep 10th, 2020 at 10:37 pm

On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer decried an upcoming Trump rally in the state as "very distressing," implying it would be a public health risk due to possible COVID-19 transmission.

Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Whitmer indicated she was nervous about Trump's planned Thursday event at an airport hangar in Freeland, Michigan, citing his regular refusal to wear a mask in public or to enforce mask wearing at his rallies.

"We have been following the science here in Michigan... yet we anticipate he will be descending on this state and perhaps encouraging people to come maskless, and I think that is very distressing," said Whitmer.

Cooper asked Whitmer if she could enforce the state's mask mandate at the rally. The governor did not answer directly, instead taking aim at the president and his supporters.

"I don't doubt that there will be people who want to show up and that event and take the lead from the man himself and drop their guard and could subject themselves to COVID-19."

When talking about Joe Biden's Wednesday campaign event in Warren, Michigan, however, Whitmer praised the Democratic nominee for his policies around masking and social distancing.

"We've got Joe Biden coming into town tomorrow. I know that they are scrupulously following the science," she said. "They want to keep their supporters and the general public safe."

In Michigan, indoor gatherings are currently limited to 10 people and masks are mandated in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.


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