LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should “give a little” and “put out the fire” a day after hundreds of conservative demonstrators protested at the state Capitol against stay-at-home restrictions she imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2020
The Democratic governor then posted a tweet Friday with a video of former First Lady Michelle Obama stating: “Our motto is: ‘When they go low we go high.'”
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) May 1, 2020
Whitmer late Thursday issued directives proclaiming that the COVID-19 emergency continues and declaring new states of emergency and disaster after the Republican-controlled Legislature refused her request for a 28-day extension.
The declarations are the foundation of her stay-at-home and other orders meant to curb the spread of the virus.