Michigan Conservatives shut down Capital
Dawn Perreca protests at the Michigan State Capital. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
In an unprecedented turn of events Wednesday, conservative republicans lined the streets of Lansing Michigan, protesting the "stay at home" order imposed by Gov. Witmer.
The protest—called "Operation Gridlock"—was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and drew out militias, conservatives, small business owners, and ardent supporters of President Donald Trump, who characterize the Governor's stay-at-home order as an unjust power-grab.
The order has caused many to lose their jobs and has forced others to permanently shut down their small businesses. Though many of the attendees agree with the rationality of the order, they don't agree with the restrictions that it causes.
One attendee told the media,
"Well, I don't think she's listening to petitions and people who are trying to communicate in a less extreme way that...there are small businesses that are suffering,"
Presently, the Governor's stay-at-home order extends through April 30th. Since the Governor issued the order, there have been more than 28,000 cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. The disease has killed more than 1,900 Michiganders.