(Liberty Bell) – The Whitmer administration has been widely slammed for their draconian response to the coronavirus, and they’re only stoking the flames now that they’ve engaged in a pitiful battle with an elderly barber who defied governor Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown measures.
On Friday, Whitmer’s Attorney General, Dana Nessel slammed Karl Manke, who opened his shop in spite of being deemed a “non-essential” business, going as far as to claim that Manke is not a patriot.
“We’re not looking to throw people in jail,” Nessel of Manke.
“That is, to me, a very, very, very last resort. We want him to discontinue his conduct, which we think is aiding and abetting in the spread of the virus,” she went on.
AG @dananessel says she doesn't plan on arresting Owosso Barber Karl Manke, but she does have a message for him and his supporters.
"He's not a hero. He's not a patriot."
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— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) May 13, 2020
This is where she hurled her particularly low blow.
“Mr. Manke, he’s not a hero to me,” she declared. “He’s not a patriot. A patriot is a person that fights all enemies, foreign and domestic, and does everything possible to protect his fellow countrymen and countrywomen. And to me, Mr. Manke is doing just the opposite of that, and he’s being selfish in his behavior in that what he’s doing is allowing the virus to spread.”
She went on to claim that it wasn’t clear when the state would allow businesses like Manke’s to “reengage” with the community. In other words, when Americans can begin to earn a living and feed their families again.
BizPac Review notes that not only is Nessel a despicable human being, she’s not even right!
There is no evidence for Nessel’s medical claims, and in fact, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest she’s wrong, considering that other businesses — grocery stores, for instance — have remained open throughout the pandemic and have not been blamed for ‘spreading the virus.’
Besides, if anything, Manke’s more susceptible to contracting the illness than most other people simply because of his age; we know the virus strikes (and kills) older Americans more easily.
Then, of course, there is the issue of legality, and whether or not the state’s demand that some businesses be shut down until the governor says they can open is enforceable.
The law may not be on Nissel or Whitmer’s side. At least one state judge has said that the order isn’t even legal.
“Today, the Shiawassee County Circuit Court denied the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ request for a temporary restraining order seeking to have Karl Manke cease all business operations at his Owosso barbershop,” Nessel’s office announced on Tuesday after they failed to obtain a temporary restraining order against Manke.
“The courts are going to be deciding these things. Are these executive orders legal or not. It’s our position that they’re not,” an attorney for Manke said after the order. “Certain businesses are favored, they can open. Other businesses are unfavored, they stay shut and their businesses get destroyed. That’s what we’re fighting in this case.”
Manke added: “I had to get back to work, I feel it is my right to work.”
“The government charged Karl with criminal misdemeanor violations for allegedly violating Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders (EO),” the law firm representing Manke said in a statement.
“All the EOs issued by the governor after April 30, 2020, however, are illegal and unlawful because the Legislature refused to extend her declared state of emergency past that date,” they added, going on to note that citations were “personally served on Karl at his barbershop by six Michigan State Police Officers.”
In a statement from the Shiawassee County Sheriff, where Owosso is located, the department said they will not be enforcing Whitmer’s order.
Karl Manke owns a barbershop 💈 in Michigan! Manke has opened up his barbershop, defying orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to stay closed, and Whitmer keeps fining him! Manke says he doesn’t care about politics, he just wants to work! Good job Karl! 😎👍💈pic.twitter.com/cMi0zREB4K
— Shawnasaurus Rex (@ShawnG927) May 11, 2020
A letter from the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s office, (Michigan) stating they will NOT enforce the EO! This is the county this courageous barber is from! pic.twitter.com/pfPPyfcmkj
— Kara (@28kara) May 11, 2020
"The government is not my mother. Never has been. I've been in business longer than they've been alive."
Michiganders have had enough of Democrat Gretchen Whitmer's nanny state
Whitmer is drunk on her own power! pic.twitter.com/pi94H0LxU3
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) May 14, 2020