Rashida Tlaib: Michigan Protesters Crippled by Democrat Economic Shutdown are Guilty of ‘Corporate Greed’
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is accusing protesters angry with Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lock down of the state as being guilty of “corporate greed.”
Tlaib made the insulting comment in response to “Operation Gridlock,” a protest created by conservatives and independents who are angry about Whitmer’s extension of the stay-at-home order that they feel is unnecessary to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Corporate greed during a national pandemic, folks.
Right here, @BetsyDeVosED and her family putting profit before people. Disgusting! We aren't disposable. We need courageous leadership that focuses on health experts, not profit margins.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 13, 2020
Tlaib is referencing a smear job by Gov. Whitmer, who used a state-of-emergency address to denigrate pro-freedom protesters and tie them to the DeVos family without evidence.
“I think it’s really inappropriate for a sitting member of the United States president’s cabinet to be waging political attacks on any governor,” Whitmer said on Monday. “I think they should disavow it and encourage people to stay home and stay safe.”
A DeVos family spokesman made it clear that Whitmer was lying, and the DeVos family – including Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos – has nothing to do with the protest scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 15 at Noon.
“Contrary to the governor’s statements, the DeVos family hasn’t spent a dime on this protest nor has it offered prior support to the organizing entity,” said Nick Wasmiller, a spokesman for the DeVos family.
“The DeVos family, however, understands the frustration of fellow Michiganders as elements of the governor’s top-down approach appear to go beyond public safety. Michigan deserves competent governance, not baseless attacks,” he added.
The protest is being organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, a pro-Trump organization that feels Whitmer’s latest extension of her emergency powers has gone too far. They are urging people to attend the protest around the State Capitol in their vehicles, as they may be subject to Draconian fines of up to $1000 if they leave their vehicles, to create a traffic jam to send a strong message to the Governor and to the state legislature that enough is enough.
“Michigan’s typical small business owners obey laws, but they may not notice the progressive agenda being pushed by our radical leftist Governor Whitmer,” said Rosanne Ponkowski, president of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, in a press release.
“Governor Whitmer will put you out of business before allowing mere citizens to be responsible for their own behavior. That is madness,” Ponkowski added.
The Facebook page for the event has hosted a lot of heated debates between Michigan residents who have succumbed to the mass hysteria and people who refuse to surrender their freedoms due to media-induced fear. Tlaib’s demagoguery is not likely to keep people away from this protest.