Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is about to experience the wrath of defending herself against articles impeachment brought forth against her by three Republicans in the state legislature, as more people in the state express their anger over draconian, ridiculously harsh COVID-19 lockdown rules.
According to the Post Millennial, the three Michigan Republicans charged Whitmer with having “exceeded her constitutional authority” and also slammed her with “corrupt conduct in office”.
State Representatives Beau LaFave, Matthew Maddock and Daire Rendon announced the formal articles of impeachment against Whitmer on Wednesday. In total, Whitmer is facing four articles of impeachment.
Here’s an excerpt from the official paperwork:
“Whereas, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gretchen E. Whitmer has acted in conflict with her constitutional duties as Governor. She has exceeded her constitutional authority, violated the constitutional rights of the people of Michigan, issued orders that are not in the best interests of the people of this state, and used the Pandemic as an opportunity to reward political allies. These actions are a matter of public record, primarily in the form of executive orders and the enforcement thereof; now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives, that Gretchen E. Whitmer, Governor of the state of Michigan, is impeached for corrupt conduct in office and for crimes and misdemeanors.”
Unclear at this time is whether or not Michigan House Speaker, Lee Chatfield, will follow through with calling a vote on the articles of impeachment when the Michigan House convenes at the beginning of December. His resolve on the matter is shaky, at best, having recently said any impeachment actions would be a “distraction from the real things we have to get done in our state.”
Watch a video of the impeachment articles being announced in the video below:
Today I introduced Articles of Impeachment against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The four articles of impeachment against Gov. Whitmer include failing to respect the separation of powers by exercising power granted to the legislative branch, violating the constitutional pic.twitter.com/tCr2KUZb3E
— Beau M. LaFave (@BeauMattLaFave) November 18, 2020
The three Republican Michigan lawmakers behind the attempt to impeach Whitmer said earlier that they’ve exhausted all possible options to strike a reasonable deal as far as COVID-19 restrictions in the state, leaving impeachment as their last option on the table.
Whitmer and her office insist that a new lockdown will save lives amid a rising spike in the state’s COVID-19 case count. Opponents argue that extended lockdowns, like the three-week lockdown Whitmer is imposing, will do much greater harm than it will good.
Hopefully, the Michigan House Speaker will realize that in order to combat draconian lockdowns — which have proven to be deadly failures across the country — removing leadership at the top might be the only way to actually save lives.