Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her wealthy family have strong ties and influence in Michigan.
Now, it has come to light that a group linked to the DeVos family has helped organize one of the Michigan versions of the protests against the “stay at home” orders that are sweeping the nation.
Trump supporters everywhere are demanding that America re-open non-essential businesses so that the economy can get moving again, despite the mounting body count from COVID-19 infections. The protests are happening in six states thus far.
The one in Michigan is organized by a group called “Operation Gridlock,” and it is linked to the DeVos family. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that the protests may force her to “lengthen the lockdowns.” She has barred non-essential travel between homes as well as the business closures.
Michigan is one of the worst states for the outbreak, with more than 27,000 people infected and 1,909 people already dead.
Likely, the protest gatherings will spread the infection further, given that social distancing was clearly not being practiced. Also, with the testing lag, it is likely that asymptomatic people who do not know that they are infected have been spreading the virus unknowingly without realizing that they are sick.
ABC News tweeted a photo of a caravan of protesters who are defying government guidelines:
A convoy of motorists protested Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's pandemic directive, calling on state leaders to allow small businesses to reopen.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 15, 2020
Some of the protesters showed their Trump pride while gathering on the Capitol steps while chanting the infamous “lock her up!” chant that was usually reserved for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. Others protested from their vehicles. They also called for a recall of Governor Whitmer.
Here is video of the protest, via Twitter:
— Malachi Barrett (@PolarBarrett) April 15, 2020
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.