Spent three In the weeks since Whitmer signed her new standby order at home, hundreds of white men have appeared at the state capitol, many of them with guns. The so-called “American Patriot Rally” was organized by the Michigan Federation, an organization that opposed the collapse of Whitmer, and it argued to some extent that the state exaggerated the death toll of the virus. Members of the Michigan Militia are invited to provide “security”. The rally started on the steps of the State Capitol, but soon entered the building itself. The legislature is meeting. As discussed by lawmakers below, armed protesters are actually occupying the Senate gallery. The next morning, the President tweeted his support for them. He wrote: “The governor of Michigan should pay a little and put out the fire.”
The lawmakers are debating a resolution to allow the legislature to sue the governor for its latest suspension order. It received widespread support from the Republican Party and was opposed by the Democratic Party. Two black Democrat lawmakers in Detroit were infected with the virus. Isaac Robinson, another Detroit lawmaker, is 44 years old and is believed to have died here. Their ingredients are not only sick and dead, but also in alarming numbers. When the country begins to reopen, regardless of whether it is safe or not, they will also be the first to be asked to return to work (in the service industry and manufacturing industry).
Whitmer was at home during the protest, but after hearing what happened inside the Capitol, some militia members posted pictures of themselves on social media with military rifles in front of her office. The next day, when I spoke to her, she told me that she heard the voices of many black legislators who were not only angry, but also terrified. She said: “They told me they are not safe.” “Why? I sit in those seats. The gallery is open, on the first floor above you. You are a duck. If you are one of the legislators, then It will be a very, very frightening place.” They urged Whitmer to call the National Guard before the next protest, or it would be better to ban guns in the Capitol. Whitmer once again faced his own power limit. She has no right to formulate policies for the Capitol. This responsibility either falls to the legislature or to a political appointee called the Capitol Committee.
A week after the white protesters landed on the Capitol, Sarah Anthony, a black state representative from Lansing, brought his security personnel to the legislature, most of them black, and many of them armed. She told the Guardian: “When traditional systems, whether they are law enforcement systems or other systems, fail us, we also have the ability to take care of ourselves.”
Whitmer is concerned about the escalation of tensions and hopes that someone (whether a legislature or a parliamentary committee) will resolve the situation. Whitmer told me: “Someone is talking about another large-scale protest, someone is talking about armed protests.” “I will stop this from happening as soon as possible.” The public had previously been restricted: in 1999, when a large number of When the Detroit people went to Lansing to protest the state’s plan to take over their urban schools, people who entered the legislature used metal detectors. Dana Nessel, the Democratic Attorney General of the state, wrote a letter to the Capitol Committee urging them to do similar things now.
On the surface, this does not seem to cause controversy. But most of the Capitol Committee is appointed by state Republicans. In Michigan, there are more registered Democrats than Republicans, but Republicans still control the legislature, thanks in part to the active guerrilla efforts of the guerrillas. In the 2018 elections, Democrats won all the highest positions in the state and received more combined votes in all legislative elections, but still ended with fewer seats. This allowed the Republican Party to set the state’s agenda for several years.