Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer apologized yesterday after a photo surfaced of her violating her own indoor dining order. The picture showed Whitmer with at least twelve others sitting together without being socially distanced, which violated Whitmer’s order of no more than six people dining together indoors.
Whitmer apologized, saying “I am human” and just made a mistake. That is true and could happen to most of us, as we all do things without thinking sometime.
Yet with Whitmer it doesn’t quite ring true. Besides the fact that you would think that a person would not forget their own order, this is not the first time that Whitmer’s hypocrisy has come to light. Last year about this time, Whitmer had issued orders to lock down her state and held a press conference at which she even suggested people should not travel at all outside of their immediate area. At roughly the same time, her husband was on the phone with a marina several hours drive away, asking them to have their boat ready because they were going to drive up for the Memorial Day holiday to do some boating.
Objective people can understand true differences of opinion on measures related to battling the pandemic, and only mindless robots on the extremes of the issue can’t understand legitimate concerns of an opposite perspective. Whitmer, however, is an exception. As contentious as pandemic restrictions have been and as ardent and ‘in your face’ as she has been in her position (as have her opponents), it’s hard to imagine that she keeps “forgetting”. More likely it’s that the caricature of the power hungry government executive fits, in her case.
Whitmer clearly believes that the laws that she initiates only applies to others but not to her or her family and friends. Pandemic restrictions, to her, are about control not about health. Otherwise, she would not make a habit of breaking her own rules.