(Liberty Bell) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has long been rumored to be one of the potential top picks for Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden’s vice president pick, is watching her chances of being chosen for the honor go up in flames, thanks in large part to a bit of hypocrisy over some of her draconian measures involving the coronavirus pandemic.
Whitmer has gained a lot of notoriety over the last few months after putting restrictions on what kind of goods people could buy at stores during lockdown along with her antagonistic attitude toward protesters who are sick and tired of not being able to work and provide for their families.
Things have only gotten worse for her over this little boat scandal. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey put Whitmer on blast during a floor speech he gave on Wednesday, essentially calling the governor a “liar.”
Here’s more from Breitbart:
“The governor lied” about the story that her husband attempted to cut in line to get his boat in the water at their cottage in northern Michigan before other residents.
“Not only did she lie, but she directed her staff to lie on her behalf in order to cover up her own lies,” he said.
Shirkey went on to say that Whitmer went “in front of the cameras and admitted to the lie” on Tuesday.
“My husband made a failed attempt at humor last week when checking with the small business that helps with our boat and dock up north,” Whitmer said.
“Knowing it wouldn’t make a difference, he jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the queue,” she said.
“Obviously with the motorized boating prohibition in our early days of COVID-19, he thought it might get a laugh. It didn’t,” Whitmer continued.
“And to be honest, I wasn’t laughing either when it was relayed to me, because I knew how it would be perceived. He regrets it. I wish it wouldn’t have happened, and that’s really all we have to say about it,” she said.
If this was her husband’s attempt at humor, then yes, Whitmer is right, it wasn’t funny. At all. But there’s a lot of reasons to doubt what she’s saying is true. Could it be that she’s attempting to walk back this horrible situation and do some damage control in order to still remain a top candidate for Joe Biden’s presidential efforts?
Even without that factored in, other potential moves for the advancement of her political future could be drastically altered by how she handles this situation. Whitmer’s popularity is no doubt hurting after her poor choices in dealing with this pandemic. A scandal like this isn’t going to help matters much.
“It would be nice if this governor was as quick to identify failed leadership. How can we trust the governor, how can the citizens of Michigan trust the governor? What else is she willing to lie about if she lied about putting a boat into the water?” Shirkey said.
The governor's spokeswoman, Tiffany Brown, pushed back this evening.
She said Shirkey's speech was "incorrect" and he owed Whitmer an apology. https://t.co/6FX1FX5zB5
— Craig Mauger (@CraigDMauger) May 27, 2020
Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for Whitmer, stated that Shirkey’s speech was “incorrect” and then called on the senate majority leader to apologize to the governor.
The real question to ask is whether or not Gov. Whitmer is going to apologize to all of the protesters she’s punished for standing up for their rights and for the businesses that were destroyed by her decision to lockdown the economy in light of the coronavirus outbreak?