Michigan County Council backs impeachment of Democratic Governor Whitmer

Members of the Kalkaska County, Michigan Board of Commissioners voted on Friday to introduce a resolution that would call for the removal of the state’s Democratic Governor, Gretchen Whitmer.

Amid a surge of positive coronavirus cases in Michigan, Whitmer announced a series of coronavirus mitigation protocols. Whitmer’s COVID-19 policies have been denounced by some GOP members as being too strict. Kalkaska County’s resolution is expected to go to the state legislature.

Kalkaska County Commissioner David Comai said Friday that the executive orders signed by Whitmer were “unconstitutional” and “the root cause of the economic crisis facing Kalkaska County,” according to WPBN/WGTU reports.

Calls for Whitmer’s impeachment have drawn positive and negative responses from Michigan GOP members. Republican Matt Maddock of the Michigan House of Representatives thanked lawmakers involved.

“Michigans been beat too long,” Maddock tweeted in November. “Restaurants losing restaurant customers are watching their life’s work encircle the sewers. Thanks to my fellow lawmakers calling for impeachment hearings from @GovWhitmer #FreeMichigan #ImpeachWhitmer #MILEG @realDonaldTrump.”

Republican Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield criticized the resolution in a statement released Wednesday.

“We’re not the party that impeaches someone because we’re upset with the policies they’ve passed,” Chatfield said. “I thought it was shameful what the Democrats did to President Trump last year and I guess any attempt by the Republicans right now, with the current set of facts that we need to impeach the Governor, would be at the same level.”

Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a set of tough coronavirus restrictions in November in hopes of curbing the rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the state.
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Other Michigan residents are calling for Whitmer to be removed from office. A petition calling for Whitmer’s removal on Change.org received more than 7,800 signatures on Monday. The petition says Whitmer’s refusal to allow doctors to use chloroquine as a coronavirus treatment has rendered Whitmer “more than incompetent, she’s deadly and who knows how many lives have been lost because of her ignorance.”

Newsweek contacted Whitmer’s office for comment.

Data released by the state of Michigan on Monday showed a two-day increase of 11,511 new cases of COVID-19 with 65 deaths from the disease over the same period. In total, Michigan has reported 314,216 positive coronavirus cases and 8,543 COVID-19 deaths since March.

Under the new restrictions, Michigan residents are required to work from home, if possible. All middle and high school classes were to be taught remotely. Indoor dining was banned in bars and restaurants while cinemas, casinos and stadiums remained closed. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until December 8.

At a press conference in November, Whitmer indicated that more restrictions could be in the works if Michigan’s coronavirus positivity rate remains high.

“I hope everyone makes smart choices to protect you and your loved ones, as well as our frontline workers and our community,” Whitmer said. “Hopefully they double down so we can avoid a stay-at-home order.”

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