Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer faced intense backlash on Monday evening after she compared protests against her overreaching measures restricting the rights of residents in her state to people’s attitudes during World War II.
Whitmer, who recently was considered a rising star in the Democrat Party and was being considered as a potential VP pick for Joe Biden, is seeing her popularity plummet as residents in her state are not happy with the extreme measures that she has instituted.
In response to the outbreak, Whitmer has aggressively expanded her control over her residents’ lives. The Wall Street Journal reported:
Michigan now bans lawn and landscaping services, motor boating and golf. Large stores can’t sell paint, furniture or garden equipment. People aren’t allowed to travel between residences, which blocks them from visiting second homes and hunting cabins. Long-distance drives that don’t meet a “critical” need, according to the governor’s definition, are prohibited.
Whitmer’s clampdown over the rights of residents in her state have led to protests against her, and an online petition has gained hundreds of thousands of signatures to have her recalled as the state’s governor.
Whitmer sought to deflect heat off of her during a press conference on Monday, comparing the coronavirus outbreak to fighting in World War II.
“In World War II, there weren’t people lining up at the Capitol to protest the fact that they had to drop everything they were doing, and build planes, or tanks, or to ration food,” Whitmer said. “They rolled up their sleeves, and they got to work.”
To say that Whitmer’s words were not well received online would be a major understatement as the overwhelming majority of comments were negative.
Columnist Kurt Schlichter wrote: “In World War II Michigan didn’t have a dizzy fascist as the governor”
Headed to The Markets
A moment of truth is coming for the world’s biggest technology companies.
They are starting to report first quarter results as the coronavirus shutdowns slam into the markets.
But tech analyst Gene Munster expects a couple of widely held names to weather the storm and emerge as big winners: Apple and Tesla.
“Investors will have this flight to quality,” the Loup Ventures founder and managing partner told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Tuesday.
According to Munster, Apple’s longer-term investors will benefit from advancements in 5G, content, software services, wellness and augmented reality. However, he warns they’ll first have to cope with next Thursday’s challenged quarterly results.
“The company has more exposure than any tech company in China,” he added.
In Tesla’s case, Munster sees the electric auto maker, which reports next Wednesday, maintaining its attractiveness among consumers.
What’s Trump Up To?
In this case, what’s Ivanka Trump up to?
Wo, she sent a stinger Joe Biden’s way.
Ivanka Trump fired back at Joe Biden on Tuesday after he declared Dr. Anthony Fauci should be the “only person” to speak about coronavirus in the Trump administration.
“We’d all be better off if the only person we heard from from the White House was Dr. Fauci,” Biden told Milwaukee’s TMJ4.
Dr. Birx is an Army Colonel and a subject matter expert who has dedicated her life to fighting infectious diseases.
Why shouldn’t she also be able to speak?
“Joe Biden: Dr. Anthony Fauci should be ‘only person’ public hears from during COVID-19 crisis”https://t.co/K8AsHJLtdA
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 21, 2020
This is Interesting
This homeowner in California is just trying to flush out crime.
The Porterville resident recently decided to deter potential thieves in her neighborhood by setting up a motion-activated sprinkler.
“Our flood light didn’t seem to scare them off, so we decided to have a little fun with a motion-activated sprinkler that has an impressive amount of pressure,” Katie Camarena wrote on Facebook.
According to Camarena, there have been recent issues with thieves coming into the neighborhood to “try and steal tools out of vehicles” in addition to “anything else they can get their hands on.”
In a video posted to Facebook by Camarena, someone on a bicycle who came to her home on Tuesday can be seen getting hit with a powerful jet of water after setting the sprinkler off.