Confirmed cases in Michigan rose by 547, bringing the total to
During the CNN appearance, Whitmer said the protests featured
``Confederate Flags, and nooses,'' as well as swastikas. Members
of the Michigan Liberty Militia protested the state's
stay-at-home orders this week, some with weapons and tactical
gear and their faces partially covered.
``Some of the outrageousness of what happened at our capitol
depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history
in this country,`` she said.
Some went to the Senate gallery, where a senator said armed men
shouted at her. Whitmer said the protest wasn't representative
of Michigan and that she's going to listen to facts and science
to decide how to handle the pandemic.
``Whether you agree with me or not, I'm working to protect your
life if you live in the state of Michigan,'' she said. ''I am
going to continue to do my job regardless of what tweets come
out or what polls come out or what people think makes sense.''
Michigan's Republican-controlled Legislature has questioned
Whitmer's authority to extend stay-at-home orders amid the
coronavirus pandemic. But the governor used an executive order
to extend a state of emergency declaration and has directed most
businesses statewide to remain closed.