On January 6th, 2021 Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer posted a video message about the protests in Washington that took place on that day. She posted it on Twitter, decrying the insurrection, she claimed took place in Washington, despite the fact that no one tried to take over or overthrow the government. Whitmer claimed she was “appalled” over the events of the day that lasted for just 2 1/2 hours.
I am appalled at the insurrection we saw in our nation’s Capitol today.
We had an election. We voted. Now, we need to work together to move forward. pic.twitter.com/TuY7w0f9DB
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) January 6, 2021
Back in 2009, the state legislature and the Republican governor were about to implement a right to work bill in Michigan that would prevent mandatory union membership in order to work in union shops.
An opponent of Michigan Gov, Gretchen Whitmer has just released a video from 2012. In that video, Whitmer bragged about not only supporting the insurrection against the state government, but that she had facilitated it by allowing the members of the attempted coup to enter the state capitol through the window in her office.
Yesterday, Tudor Dixon, a Republican candidate for governor in Michigan, released the video where Whitmer bragged about the assistance she gave the insurrectionists in their fight against the right to work bill. I guess the difference is whose insurrection it is. Gretchen Whitmer, one who not only condoned angry dissenters staging a coup at the state Capitol but an angry Democrat who bragged about allowing the angry mob to gain entry into the locked-down Capitol.
I ( Patty McMurray) attended protests that raged on the lawn of the Capitol for several days. In the center of the Capitol lawn, AFP (Americans for Prosperity), a huge proponent of individual choice, had set up a massive tent that served as a ‘safe space’ for proponents of the bill to gather. Union leaders hovered around the tent and around the steps of the Capitol, a space that AFP reserved in advance of the protests, directing union thugs to tear down banners erected by right-to-work advocates. Union thugs rushed the stairs, knocked over a speaker playing speeches by Ronald Reagan that were broadcast by AFP leader Scott Hagerstrom, who multiple union members later assaulted. A marine distress horn meant to be heard from over a mile away was blasted directly into the ear of Mr. Hagerstrom, who stood firm on the Capitol steps.
On the third day of protests, union thugs cut down the ropes holding the AFP tent in place. Several people were inside the tent when it began to collapse, including a woman in a wheelchair attached to a portable oxygen tank. When conservative comedian Steven Crowder, who was attending the protest alongside right-to-work advocates, demanded that union workers stopped destroying the tent and warned that people were still inside, he was punched in the face by a union member.