A PUSH to impeach anti-Trump Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer over a new lockdown order is underway after a group of lawmakers said she "crossed the line."
Michigan state Representative Matt Maddock tweeted on Monday that he and several other lawmakers from the state would support Whitmer being removed from office.
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"Today, myself and a growing list of Michigan Legislators have decided that [Whitmer] has crossed the line and will be calling for #ImpeachWhitmer hearings. The list of violations is long and the call is overdue," Maddock tweeted on Sunday.
In an extended post, Maddock said that fellow Republican Reps Daire Rendon, Beau LaFave, Ryan Berman and Shane Hernandez alongside Senators Dan Lauwers and Lana Theis agree with the impeachment push.
"Michigan voters know she has committed the following impeachable conduct," Maddock wrote before claiming that Whitmet "ignored court orders," "violated our constitutional rights" and "ignored process and legislature."
Whitmer's office provided a statement to WWMT regarding the impeachment calls.
"Governor Whitmer doesn’t have any time for partisan politics or people who don’t wear masks, don’t believe in science, and don’t have a plan to fight this virus," Whitmer press secretary Tiffany Brown said.
"Right now, she is focused on saving lives. The governor will continue to work hard for all 10 million Michiganders. This is about Michigan vs. COVID-19. Governor Whitmer doesn’t care if you’re a Trump Republican or a Biden Democrat. We are all in this together."
Whitmer said on Monday that she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary.
The Democratic governor spoke with Capitol reporters a day after announcing limits amid a surge of coronavirus cases that has led to increased hospitalizations and deaths.
Other Midwest states are facing similar second waves as the weather cools, and she has urged the public to "double down" with precautions to avoid a shelter-in-place order like what was instituted in the spring.
Under the restrictions that start on Wednesday, Michigan high schools and colleges must halt in-person classes, restaurants must stop indoor dining and entertainment businesses such as casinos, movie theaters and bowling alleys must close for three weeks. Gathering sizes also will be tightened.
Whitmer called it a "targeted approach" informed by epidemiologists and public health experts.
She renewed her call for the Republican-led Legislature to codify a mask requirement in law in part to send a unified message to the public, calling it "the best weapon we have against our common enemy." The proposed legislation is opposed by GOP legislative leaders.
She noted that lawmakers enacted laws keeping intact unemployment benefits and addressing other matters after the state Supreme Court’s October ruling striking down a law she repeatedly used to respond to the pandemic, but said her administration can continue largely combatting the pandemic unilaterally under a health law.
"This is precisely the power that one of the justices pointed to in terms of actions we can and should be taking throughout this pandemic," the governor said.
Michigan's seven-day average of daily new cases has more than doubled from 3,113 to 6,684 over two weeks. It is up nearly five-fold from 30 days ago.
Daily deaths also have surged, from 25 to 62, according to The COVID Tracking Project.
The number of patients currently hospitalized, about 3,000, has risen six-fold in under two months.
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