Michigan has recently seen another COVID-19 surge. And, Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer chose to blame the surge in covid cases on “snowbirds” that traveled from Florida into Michigan.
“At the end of the day, this is going to come down to whether or not everyone does their part. That’s the most important thing,” the governor said. “This variant, the B117 variant, is what is growing so quickly here in Michigan. We’re the second most of it — I think right after Florida. At least, that was the last data that I saw.”
“Michigan and Florida are not next to each other, but this is the time of the year that snowbirds come home from Florida, where people are going on spring break, and all of these things can contribute to spreading,” she added. “And that’s why we’re imploring people to take this seriously. Mask up. Get tested.”
In an attempt to hinder the spread of the disease, Governor Whitmer had mandated that all Michigan residents stay at home and avoid traveling.
Yet, the governor herself was seen vacationing in Florida.
On Monday, the governor’s spokesperson confirmed that Whitmer had gone to Florida on a “personal trip” during spring break. There were only a few details about the said trip given.
However, a spokeswoman for the governor, Tiffany Brown, denied this allegation outright. She said that Whitmer “did not go on spring break” but had instead traveled to “assist her elderly father who is battling a chronic illness.” According to Brown, the governor has left Michigan three times in the last six months.
In contrast, Michigan Republicans claim that Whitmer’s staffers also traveled to Florida and Alabama in secret. They allegedly traveled for vacation, breaking the rules that the governor had set.
Does this mean going to Florida on vacation was the governor’s way of “taking this seriously”? Or are her rules there for everyone else but her to follow?