(Liberty Bell) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has gone power-drunk and stark raving mad.
She’s now lashing out at an elderly barber who defied her draconian lockdown orders to keep his shop open so he could pay the bills.
Fortunately, as Breitbart reports, he appears to be winning the battle, both legally and in the eyes of the public.
Karl Manke, a 77-year-old from Owosso, reopened his shop after he was turned down for unemployment.
Amid the legal threats from Whitmer’s administration, he recently responded, “What, are they going to give me? Life? I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I could care less.”
“As long as I have two hands and I’m capable of cutting hair, that’s my occupation,” Manke said. “That’s what I do. That’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
Manke addressed supporters outside his shop on Monday.
“I’d gone six weeks without a paycheck with no money coming in. I’ve been in this business 59 years…I’m 77. I’ve always worked,” he said.
“I’ve never looked for handouts. I don’t even know what they are. I had somebody call me and say why don’t you get on food stamps. I don’t want to get on food stamps. I want to work.”
“I came into this last Monday alone, thinking I’m going to swing in the wind alone,” he said. “I cannot believe the support that I’ve got,” he added to cheers, with some responding, “You are not alone!”
“It’s overwhelming,” he added, getting choked up.
On another occasion, Manke told radio host Steve Gruber that he will only be leaving his shop “if they drag me out in the street or Jesus comes.”
Meanwhile, Whitmer is looking all the crazier for trying to single him out.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: "These executive orders are not a suggestion. They're not optional. They're not helpful hints." pic.twitter.com/ImffRfwPyb
— The Hill (@thehill) May 11, 2020
On Monday, when asked specifically about Manke’s defiance of her lockdown, Whitmer responded, “I expect people to follow the law. These executive orders are not a suggestion. They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”
If she’s trying to hide the fact that she’s a fascist, she’s doing a very poor job.
While her administration failed to obtain a restraining order against Manke on Monday, they’re still trying to punish him legally.
The AG said:
The Attorney General’s court action, filed on behalf of MDHHS, seeks to enforce the MDHHS Director’s Public Health Order that deemed Mr. Manke’s business an imminent danger to public health in light of the COVID 19 pandemic and directs him to immediately cease operations at his barbershop. The State is seeking to schedule a hearing as soon as possible.
The AG also declared that the septuagenarian’s barbershop poses “clear public health dangers.”
After Manke’s business was forced to close on Tuesday, the Whitmer administration stripped him of his license, according to his attorney.
“Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has suspended Karl’s license,” attorney David Kallman told radio host Steve Gruber.
“Not thinking about it, they’ve actually done it without a hearing, without any due process,” he added, explaining that the action had been taken after 5:00 p.m.
“It’s an unbelievable abuse of power,” Kallman said, claiming that there’s no legal basis for such a move.
“This is pure retribution by the governor’s office and by the AG. This is so petty and vindictive, it’s beyond the pale,” he told Gruber.
Breitbart adds that, according to Kallman, “the AG claimed one of the reasons for the license suspension was because Manke was violating the temporary restraining order–which was never granted.”