Gov. Whitmer threatens Michigan protesters with lockdown extension

by Daniel Payne · Apr 17th, 2020 1:29 pm

Last Updated Apr 17th, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday issued a stern threat to residents of her state, claiming that the mass protest activists organized in the state capitol this week could result in her extending her severe stay-at-home order for even longer.

Thousands of Michiganders descended on the state capitol on Wednesday, jamming the streets and sharply criticizing Whitmer for her extreme lockdown of the state, which has banned any public or private gatherings of any kind and forbidden the purchase of items such as gardening equipment and seeds.

Whitmer in an interview with Rachel Maddow called the protests "irresponsible" and said she "might have to actually think about extending stay-at-home orders" in response to them.

The state's stay-at-home order is currently in place until April 30.


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