Gov. Whitmer Says She'd Seriously Think About Blocking Trump Rally in Michigan

June 22, 2020, 11:24 AM

Gov. Whitmer and President Trump

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tells the Associated Press that she “would think very seriously about” trying to block Trump from hosting a Michigan rally.

“We know that congregating without masks, especially at an indoor facility, is the worst thing to do in the midst of a global pandemic,” Whitmer said in an interview before the Oklahoma event, conceding that she wasn’t aware of the specific legal tools she had available to block a prospective Trump rally. “I just know we have limitations on the number of people that can gather and that we’re taking this seriously.”

Trump attracted a little more than 6,000 supporters at his campaign speech in Tulsa on Saturday night. Many supporters were shoulder-to-shoulder and maskless. 

Currently, indoor gatherings in Michigan can't exceed 50. 

Trump and Whitmer have had a strained relationship ever since the outbreak of the pandemic and after her name began surfacing as a possible vice presidential candidate. Whitmer has criticized the administration for not doing enough to address the pandemic, and Trump has accused her of being an ingrate and has backed people who protested her stay-home order. The governor feels his tweets supporting the protesters has undermine policy in Michigan. 

Read more:  Associated Press

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