Conservative group linked to DeVos family organizes protest of coronavirus restrictions in Michigan - 2020-04-17
Protesters rallied around the country this week against stay-at-home orders forcing nonessential businesses to shut down, but Michigan's governor warned that they may have backfired by creating "a need to lengthen" the lockdowns.
Protesters in at least six states planned to protest restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus this week. In Michigan, a conservative group linked to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' family organized "Operation Gridlock" to protest restrictions on nonessential businesses and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recent order barring travel between homes. The state is among the hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, reporting more than 27,000 confirmed cases and 1,909 deaths.
Some protesters, several of whom wore pro-Trump gear, gathered on the capitol steps as many remained in their cars. Demonstrators chanted "recall Whitmer" and "lock her up," a chant normally usually used by Trump supporters in reference to his 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.