I voted for Gov. Whitmer in 2018. Well, we all have our share of mistakes in life, therefore I'll add it to my list of disappointments this past year.


When coronavirus landed from China into our country, Whitmer issued draconian orders that one normally associates with dictatorships — years ago I lived under one and know too well what's like. Whitmer claims she did it based on science and data in order to protect us (this sure brings back bitter memories for me ... like most autocracies, that's how it all starts.)


Really? On what scientific basis is not being allowed to drive in your own car between your residences protecting one from coronavirus? On what data is a kayak or canoe OK, but not a motorboat, and being able to fish and hunt in the wilderness is spreading COVID-19? What scientific data allows for abortion clinics, pot and liquor stores are OK?


What scientific evidence is behind not being allowed to buy plants when most of the gardens are remotely outdoors while sections of places like Menards, Lowe’s, and Meijer are outside and have their own separate access and checkout? Hypocrisy, power grab, and overzealousness due to a potential vice presidential position in Biden's candidacy? Absolutely!


Democratic State Rep. Karen Whitsett told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson she was getting dangerously ill from coronavirus when she desperately sought treatment with hydroxychloroquine. She said that instead of sending her congratulatory notes about getting over the virus, Whitmer sent her texts that were “not pleasant” over the fact that she applauded Trump for his promotion of this drug, which both she and her physician, Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala, say helped her recover from the virus.


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Now Michigan’s Democratic Party with the governor's backing also censured her for applauding Trump and traveling to the White House to thank him and ask for further assistance in her district. She said she learned about the malaria drug by listening to the president mention it during a televised White House task force update.



“Why they would expel me is beyond words for me,” Whitsett told Carlson on April 25. “This is something that I did not expect. I started out with a simple thank you to the man that is the president of the United States. It's a thank you. I didn't know that thank you had a political line.“


“I don’t care who it is,” Whitsett added. “"I don't care who it is, you know, if you're not doing right by us, if you're not doing right by black people within our community, I'm going to stand up and I don't care who it is. ... That is my job. That is my responsibility. That is my duty. That's what I'm going to do. And I don't care who it is. I will go up against (Whitmer) any day.“ Hypocrisy and autocracy? Absolutely!


It appears to be just the beginning of the governor's string of problems.


Recently, Whitmer's office abruptly canceled a contract with a Democratic consulting firm after Crain's Detroit asked why a political consultant was hired for a public coronavirus tracking and health study. Great Lakes Community Engagement of Grand Rapids planned to use Washington, D.C.-based software vendor NGP VAN, a company that provided email services for Whitmer's election campaign, as well as the Democratic National Committee, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg, the Metro Times reported.


Publicly exposed, her administration admitted the process by which the state contracts are normally awarded was circumvented. One wonders why? Is it also why the $200,000 taxpayers-funded contract was just below the monetary threshold that would require it to be listed on a state public board?


Apparently this firm has already been working on gathering private data on people for weeks without being announced publicly. Great Lakes Community Engagement is run by Democratic consultant Michael Kolehouse, who also posted on social media on March 27 hateful comments toward president Trump: "I hope he gets coronavirus ASAP. Can someone do the country a favor and cough on that man." This saga continues as investigations have just begun. Hypocrisy and corruption? Absolutely!


— Mihai Craioveanu is a resident of Holland.