FACT CHECK: Hospitals Were NOT Blocked During ‘Operation Gridlock’ Protest at the Michigan Capitol
Tens of thousands of cars descended upon the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday afternoon to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency edicts.
“Quarantine is when you restrict movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people,” said event organizer Meshawn Maddock during a recent appearance on Fox News. “Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don’t need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful.”
Footage of the rally can be seen here courtesy of WOOD TV8:
The incredible success of the demonstration has prompted murmuring on social media regarding the Sparrow Hospital in Lansing being blocked. Many flooded the popular “Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine” group and official page for the event on Facebook to spread their conspiracy theories.
“YOURE BLOCKING THE EMERGENCY ENTRANCE TO SPARROW YOU F**KIN DEGENERATES,” one angry commentator said.
“Members are currently blocking the ambulance entrance to the hospital, and standing outside of their cars, not following social distancing orders. Way to show how adult this really was,” another leftist commentator stated.
“You’re “exercising your freedom of speech” while silencing nurses and doctors who are pleading with you from the front line,” a different leftist exclaimed.
The Michigan Conservative Coalition, the primary organization behind the protest, issued a post after receiving word from a nurse who reported back to the group about what was happening at Sparrow Hospital.
“Put something out there that sparrow hospital entrances are NOT being blocked and that emergency vehicles can freely move throughout. Some people on fb are saying that the entrances are being blocked and emergency vehicles can’t get through. I know that’s not the case,” they wrote in a Facebook post.
Bridge Magazine reporter Riley Beggin confirmed that the MCC’s anecdote was in fact legitimate. She noted that the Sparrow entrance was not blocked off and remained freely accessible throughout the protest.
Traffic from the protest lined up past Sparrow Hospital, where a brand new coronavirus testing unit was set up today. Entrances aren’t blocked, but you’d have to drive in turn lanes to get in. pic.twitter.com/MuTExO84Mu
— Riley Beggin (@rbeggin) April 15, 2020
Sparrow spokesperson John Foren also told WLNS 6 News that there are no access problems and ambulances can “get in and out. There’s no problem.”
Liberals are desperate to demonize the patriots who showed up en masse to demonstrate that their rights will not be violated. The rally was planned after the governor issued an edict last week declaring gardening supplies a non-essential business, banning travel from one home to another in most cases, and extending her shutdown order until May 1.
The next protest against the forced shutdown is scheduled for Thurs., April 30, one day before it is scheduled to be lifted. Whitmer has reserved the right to extend the shutdown for an even longer period at her discretion.