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Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, it has been learned, used a private jet provided by wealthy Detroit business leaders to travel to Florida three times while her state was in severe lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The trips, gubernatorial spokesman Bobby Leddy said, were taken so that the governor might visit her elderly father at the same time she was discouraging Michigan residents to stay in their homes and while hospital safety precautions kept people from visiting elderly relatives hospitalized because of the virus. 

According to Deadline Detroit, Whitmer avoided a private plane fee of as much as $20,000 by arranging for Michigan billionaires to fly her where she wanted to go. Use of the jet she took is estimated to cost as much as $40,000, an estimated 25 percent of Whitmer’s pre-tax gubernatorial salary. “We wondered why she reached out to us instead of booking a private charter,” one of the owners of the plane is reported to have said. “You can’t tell a governor no. Who needs that kind of trouble?”

Whitmer, who was recently notified she would be receiving a 2021 Profiles in Courage award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for her work fighting the spread of COVID, has declined to say whether the people who provided the plane have been reimbursed for the cost of the flights. 

“I’ve said everything I’m going to say about my trip to check on my father,” she told a reporter from WWTV. “I’ve got nothing to add. We don’t discuss my travel. I have received an incredible number of death threats over the last year and a half. There are a lot of reasons we don’t discuss how I travel and when I travel.”

Whitmer has come under fire multiple times for her management of state affairs during the pandemic. Her husband Marc Mallory reportedly tried to have his boat placed in the water before Memorial Day weekend in 2020 in an apparent violation of what some have called “the most draconian stay-at-home orders in the nation” and while exercising privileges available only to those who belong to “the aristocracy of pull.”

Whitmer’s evasions aside, the governor’s conduct brings her under further scrutiny over her haven’t bent or broken rules she was encouraging the residents of her state to follow. According to The Federalist’s Gabe Kaminsky, the Michigan chief executive had not been vaccinated before her four day trip to Florida, which took her from the state capital in Lansing to West Palm Beach – this after expressing repeated concerns that GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis had irresponsibly allowed the Sunshine State to reopen too much and too fast as the pandemic appeared to spread.

“Governor Whitmer lied about her trip to Florida and is compounding her lies by refusing to disclose the cost of the private plane she used, if she paid for her personal trip, and what the fair market value of that payment was,” Michigan GOP executive director Jason Roe said.

 

Peter Roff is a former U.S. News & World Report contributing editor now affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations. He appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. Reach him by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.


Peter Roff is affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations and is a former U.S. News and World Report contributing editor who appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. He can be reached by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

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Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
4 months ago

She just another commiecrat hypocrite

David Baker
David Baker
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

Something else: Nothing is going to happen with her, and this is just how liberals boast of their elite status. They’re immune from rules and public rebuke. You’ll notice that “Any Twosome Newsom” is not in the limelight, despite the fact that he violated his own curfew, meeting with wealthy people at a high-priced restaurant, which was supposed to be shut down. Not only that, he wasn’t wearing a mask.

Mikey
Mikey
4 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

He’ll get his limelight if the voters get smart and fire him.

Pawn
Pawn
4 months ago
Reply to  Mikey

now there is two problems
1) smart voters
2)cheating or illegal votes which tthese trators got away with in the presidential election

David Baker
David Baker
4 months ago
Reply to  Mikey

We’re trying to do just that. The Recall effort is still underway. I emailed Newsom with my suggestion: I told him to resign.

Joey Baloney
Joey Baloney
4 months ago
Reply to  Mikey

therein lies the problem. Democrat voters are mostly stupid, clueless people, or crooks themselves.

Pawn
Pawn
4 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

I believe you correct, that is unless the true americans take a true stand

David Baker
David Baker
4 months ago
Reply to  Pawn

True Americans took a stand during the 18th Century, defeating tyranny, and establishing our Constitutional Republic (We also took a stand during the 21st Century, when Trump was elected.) There are now people who call themselves “Americans” with disdain, and rewrite our history to condemn our Founding Fathers, calling them racists and tearing down their monuments. Somehow, the media and government have colluded to impugn the image of the American people. Many of those people don’t even give our country top billing! Instead, they superimpose a nation or continent as their preferred title. If I was the president, that form of treason would result in them getting their wish.

agnes
agnes
4 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

Just wait ….. Very much on the right side, Kaitlin Jenner will blow Gavin “Nonsense” away !!!
No one will take a platform away from her, since she is a “trans” !!! She is not only a strong body athlete, but a strong minded and a very well spoken, also an intelligent one to boot … She is going to be the “MAGIC BULLET” for California, and possible for many other blue states, to have more “blind lefty” to see the light ….

Robert the Bruce
Robert the Bruce
4 months ago
Reply to  agnes

Kaitlin Jenner will blow Gavin Nonsense, double-entendre?

Pawn
Pawn
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

youre too kind she is so much worse than that

GRIZZ MANN
GRIZZ MANN
4 months ago

Don’t you know who she is?

David Baker
David Baker
4 months ago
Reply to  GRIZZ MANN

No. What’s her ‘pronoun’?

jjofaz
jjofaz
4 months ago
Reply to  GRIZZ MANN

She doesn’t realize who she isn’t?

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
4 months ago

Acromonious Joe Biden trying to shake his guilty conscious, for his portrayal of the American people, his faith, and his oath to protect our country, and its constitution. Our president is now the joke of International leaders, who think Biden stole the election, which he did, and is being controlled by those hiding behind the drapes. What are other countries saying, Mexico’s government is telling Biden and his administration to start helping fix the situation, with Mexico’s president even saying that Biden is the “migrant president” and is having policies and statements that are empowering Mexico’s dangerous cartels, human traffickers and suffering of its immigrants. Guatemala’s president joined Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed Joe Biden for the border crisis, during a sit-down interview with MSNBC. Current leaders are avoiding Biden for fear it will cost them more money for pay to play, after similar experiences with the Clinton’s, Putin says no more meetings Joe, would like my 3 million plus returned given to Hunter, throw out all our diplomats who cares, at least Clinton gave us a few BS speeches, yet, you can’t remember any of deals or where your at, or why your there. China, China, China what’s being agreed to there Joe? or has it already been agreed upon for that 200 million Hunter received from China? Biden / Harris need to be impeached and any Democrat that can not stand for America first and our Constitution also need to go. Folks we have no leadership at the White House.

David Baker
David Baker
4 months ago

The word is “Conscience”, and liberals do not have a “Conscience”.

jjofaz
jjofaz
4 months ago

However, we have Santa Claus in the WH giving China the rights to the vaccine patents after they were the ones that let loose the virus that crippled the world. What a fool of a man. What does the CCP have on Joe that he so freely gives up the patents? How much $$$ will he benefit from that deal?