Summer 2020 marked civil unrest and rioting on a scale not seen since the 1960s.
Black Lives Matter, the Marxist organization responsible for the largest single-year increase in murder in American history and the worst riots in a generation, had plenty of corporate sponsorship and support from scores of opportunistic politicians.
Now one leftist Governor who proudly marched with BLM is all of a sudden skittish about the First Amendment.
On Friday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) criticized conservative media members for “inciting and encouraging people to break the law” with their coverage of the Freedom Convoy.
The Freedom Convoy is an ongoing protest and blockade by truckers in Canada in opposition to Canadian vaccine mandates for crossing the United States border.
In an appearance on the ratings-starved CNN program New Day, Whitmer warned that conservative media encouraging the protests was “downright dangerous.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she is worried that trucker protests in Canada will turn violent as they continue to block points of entry along the U.S. border.
"The Canadian government has to do whatever it takes to safely and swiftly resolve this." pic.twitter.com/fDFd5xXKWQ
— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) February 11, 2022
Whitmer said, “Obviously, we cannot incite and encourage people to break the law, especially when it means they are throwing other Americans out of work and creating an economic crisis that we were just recovering from. They’re inciting and encouraging people to break the law. And to do so in a way that devastates so many hard-working people — this is families, this is businesses in America that rely on this commerce free-flowing. This is five days, and it has already taken a toll of tens of millions of dollars. That number compounds over time. And any encouragement for people to replicate this and break the law and devastate our economy is not just devastating to our national bottom line but to individual households, to businesses, to agriculture. So, it’s incredibly, I think, you know, unhelpful and downright dangerous.”
But not so long ago Whitmer was far more cavalier about disrupting free-flowing commerce and damage to businesses and workers’ livelihood.
Indeed, according to The Detroit News, Whitmer, in what many deemed an obvious photo-op, marched with BLM during the height of the rioting and against her own “social distancing” mandates in June of 2020.
This took place while her state embarked on some of the most draconian COVID lockdowns in the entire country.
While local mom-and-pops couldn’t earn a living, Whitmer was on the march in the streets with Marxist radicals.
Contrary to her own COVID restrictions, the governor’s spokeswoman explained away the brazen flouting of the rules because “Nothing in this order shall be taken to abridge protections guaranteed by the state or federal constitution.”
Obviously, support for protections guaranteed by the Constitution is only acceptable for causes the Governor happens to agree with.
If the Republican red tide washes Whitmer and those of similar-mind out to sea in November as polling suggests, this hypocrisy might well be a big reason why.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.