Ignoring her own coronavirus social distancing orders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday marched alongside hundreds of protesters in Highland Park.
While many of the protesters donned face coverings, including the Democratic governor, the six-feet social distancing guideline was widely disregarded.
Whitmer drew immediate criticism after images of her walking shoulder to shoulder made their way around the internet.
"Social distancing is critical to stop the spread of COVID-19—unless you have a great photo op. And control," state Rep. Lynn Afenoudlis (R) tweeted.
The governor's spokeswoman Tiffany Brown denied Whitmer had defied her own executive order, despite the evidence to the contrary.
"The governor took precautions for engaging in an outdoor activity, including wearing a mask even though it is not required outdoors under the order," Brown said.
The governor's website clearly states that people must remain "at least six feet from people from outside the person's household" while engaging in activities.
Brown continued to defend Whitmer's actions, claiming the executive order did not usurp the right to protest.
"Nothing in this order shall be taken to abridge protections guaranteed by the state or federal constitution," Brown said. "That includes the right to peaceful protest."
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