Bumstead, VanSingel respond
At her press briefing Monday Governor Gretchen Whitmer was asked about death threats she has been receiving. She expressed concern over the violent nature of comments being made on social media and the violent and racist comments that were part of last week’s demonstration.
She then stated that this violent behavior could be avoided if Republican legislators would step up to denounce these actions
We asked our local legislators for their response
State Senator Jon Bumstead:
“People in Michigan are suffering. Some have lost a family member or friend to COVID-19; or may be battling the virus themselves. Others have had to close their businesses or lost their jobs and haven’t received unemployment benefits to help them provide for their families. Their frustration and sadness are real and I truly feel for everyone during this difficult time.
“Many people have decided to exercise their first amendment rights and protest actions they don’t agree with. I support their right to express their displeasure with the government, just as I do with every group that protests at our state’s Capitol.
“All elected officials, from the local level up to the president of the United States have individuals who do not support their actions. This is the nature of public service — and I believe the citizens of this country should hold their elected representatives accountable. They do this by directly expressing their opinions, either written or verbal, organizing with like minded individuals to speak with a collective voice, and especially when they vote on election day.
“While I understand the frustration and desperation that people are currently feeling, I am troubled by and do not support anyone who would threaten harm against any elected official, including Gov. Whitmer. This behavior has no place in civil discourse and cannot be tolerated.”
State Representative Scott VanSingel:
"Free speech is an important part of our political process and our culture. Peaceful protests fall under the category of free speech and are often helpful in letting elected officials know our views.
“The actions of some of the protesters in recent weeks are appalling, even though I may agree with some of the things they want to accomplish. Bigoted, hate-filled speech, and threats of violence have no place in civil discourse. I firmly denounce this behavior and have been joined by colleagues on both sides of the aisle in rejecting these actions.”
5/12/2020 10:20:46 pm
I hate to point out the obvious, but it's disingenuous for the governor to conflate nasty comments with her republican counterparts. It's all too likely that the people who expressed their frustration in counterproductive says don't feel that either party is representing their interests and won't be dissuaded by any scolding from republicans. It's too bad that neither party is astute enough to understand that the vitriol that they're hearing is actually a sign that their constituents are despairing any chance of their voices being heard by the 'elected leaders'. Let's all hope and pray that someone will wake up and offer the people an alternative to pointless partisan politics. It's pretty apparent that they want one.
5/18/2020 08:56:58 am
"Nasty comments." That's what you call death threats? Can't you even acknowledge how vile and potentially harmful these behaviors are? Instead, you lament the "scoldings" and imply that the "vitriol" is justified.
5/18/2020 01:49:40 pm
Not a good look for Michigan Republicans when their own Rep. Matt Maddock (Michigan Conservative Coalition and fringe rhetorical bomb thrower) organized the April 15 protests that brought out the militias, racists and assorted crazies who’s agendas are more about Trump-camp disruption than stay at home orders.
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