Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore has called upon Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to close down the state immediately, further endangering the economic lives of her citizens, despite widespread economic damage from the state’s earlier round of lockdowns.
Speaking on an emergency episode of his podcast “Rumble,” Moore said that the rising number of COVID cases in the state has created a “tragedy” that he called upon Whitmer to correct. According to Moore, Whitmer has been crippled by fear from the many violent threats she has received.
“I hate to say this, because I voted for her for governor, but she has been scared by people who seek to do violence to her, who bullied her,” Moore said. “The business community — the Chamber of Commerce — who have insisted that she reopen everything and this has brought a tragedy upon this upon the state, and so I need everybody’s help in pressuring … Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, to close things down.”
Moore insisted that Whitmer should ignore the cries of the business community, recommending that they apply for government help to keep themselves afloat. He also highlighted that Whitmer comes from a business background and is not anti-business.
“Do not listen to the business community. Yes, they are losing money,” he said. “There are programs to help them with getting some of this money back, and what they can’t get back, there should be other programs that the Biden administration establishes so that these businesses don’t go bankrupt.”
URGENT. Michigan is in its own epidemic tonight. The UK variant is everywhere. 40% of new covid cases are young adults between 20-40. My plea tonight: Shut down the state. Send more vaccine. You can help. Listen to my emergency podcast on Apple https://t.co/uFwOFNka9U & Spotify.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 13, 2021
Moore said that Whitmer needs to shut down everything and pushed more fear by stressing that the pandemic could last as many as three or four years.
“Shut down the restaurants, the bars, the businesses,” Moore said. “People, stay home, just for a little bit. Stay home from school, just for a little bit. We made a mistake in reopening the state of Michigan too soon. Stop this back and forth.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director has also called upon Whitmer to shut down the state of Michigan, a move that Republican lawmakers in the state sharply rebuked.
“It’s clear that Michigan is a hot spot for COVID-19. To prevent further spread and save lives, the Biden Administration should adopt a surge strategy and increase vaccine allocation to Michigan instead of advocating for shutting down the economy,” said Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI). “Manufacturers, restaurants, and small businesses alike are still trying to recover from the mandated government shutdowns over the past year.”
“Shutting down the economy again is not the answer,” the congressman added.
Michael Moore has been fear-mongering about the pandemic since the outset. In December of last year, the documentary filmmaker told Trump supporters to wear masks and socially distance, warning that their deaths would kill Republican leadership.
“I have two words for MAGA Nation: Don’t Die,” he said.
“Your love of and loyalty to Trump isn’t worth your life,” he added. “With 73 million of you refusing to wear a mask and to social distance, there’ll be no way to eradicate this disease. And a lot of you are going to die.”
Moore likened the death rate to al-Qaeda killing Americans every 37 seconds.
“Why do you want to infect your spouse, your parents, your children? By now, despite your bluster and anger, I KNOW that YOU know that this pandemic is real,” he said. “One person is dying every 37 seconds? What do you think that is? If al-Qaeda started killing one American every 37 seconds, what would you want to do about that? Why are you doing NOTHING to stop this slaughter? What will it take for you and I to join, arm in arm, to kill Covid-19? The death of your mother? Your son? Where’s the exact line where you’ll say enough is enough?”
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