LANSING, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Michigan's governor is saying "sorry" for the third time for violating her own China virus advisory.
Gretchen Whitmer apologized Sunday after a photo emerged of her hitting Landshark Bar & Grill in East Lansing with 12 other friends, including her chief operating officer — over double the six-person seating limit she pledged to enforce on May 15.
"Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn't stop to think about it," she explained. "In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize."
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) hit the bar this weekend and violated her own coronavirus orders, according to a photo Breitbart News has exclusively obtained. https://t.co/7udfIRYfBn— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 23, 2021
The maskless photo specifically violates the "gathering limitations for entertainment establishments, recreational establishments and foodservice establishments" portion of her May 15 Gatherings and Face Mask Order, which states:
b. Gatherings are prohibited at food service establishments, whether indoor or outdoor, unless:
1. Consumption of food or beverages is permitted only in a designated dining area where patrons are seated, groups of patrons are separated by at least 6 feet, no more than 6 patrons are seated together (at a table, booth or group of fixed seats), and groups of patrons do not intermingle.
This recent development enraged Michiganders, who believe her to be a hypocrite.
"Last week Whitmer refused to immediately end her ridiculous restrictions, like a maximum of 6 patrons per table for indoor dining," exclaimed Tori Sachs, executive director of Michigan Freedom Fund.
"Now Whitmer has once again completely disregarded her own rules. Whitmer orders rules she and her staff don't follow themselves while Michiganders and businesses suffer," Sachs lamented, adding, "Whitmer must end her restrictions immediately."
"For Gov. Whitmer, it's rules for thee but not for me," Goodman concluded.
This isn't the first time the governor has been busted violating her own pandemic instructions.
A leaked memo signed by Whitmer's chief of staff, JoAnne Huls, revealed the governor chartered a private jet March 12 for a four-day visit of her chronically ill father in Florida — using $27,521 in nonprofit funds to pay for it.
Yet in April, nearly a month after the trip, she warned Michigan residents not to travel out-of-state to places like Florida.
Last May, Whitmer's husband reportedly requested dock workers in Northern Michigan prioritize the launch of the family boat before Memorial Day weekend, hinting at a planned vacation. He did this despite the governor publicly urging residents against visiting the region.
When questioned on it, Whitmer brushed it off as her husband's "failed attempt at humor."
For Michigan Catholics, Whitmer's hypocrisy hits home. For almost an entire year the governor restricted Church capacity limits — and in the early days of the pandemic, locked them down entirely.
She even went so far as to tell people in October that if they wished to attend church again, they should vote for the unelected President, Joe Biden.
EARLIER: @GovWhitmer says "if you’re tired of lockdowns or you're tired of wearing masks or you wish you were in church this morning ... it is time for change in this country." #MTP— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 18, 2020
Whitmer: The "Trump virus response is the worst ... in the world." pic.twitter.com/8pCmRXU0Pn
Whitmer still holds that "Throughout the pandemic, [she's] been committed to following public health protocols," but her latest spat of China virus hypocrisy might spell trouble for her re-election in 2022 — leaving the fate of her administration in the hands of angry Michigan voters who follow the rules she doesn't.