Michigan pilot Ed Frederick, frustrated after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the state’s stay-at-home order, spelled out a message in the sky over Grand Rapids for her.
It took Frederick about an hour on Friday morning to draw the letters F. U. with an arrow that pointed to the Governor’s mansion.
HERO: Ed Frederick, 45, spent about an hour charting a path over Grand Rapids that spelled out this message for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “F U,” with an arrow pointing directly over the governor’s mansion.https://t.co/mlQKPXMoD8 pic.twitter.com/acGREz2627
— Amy ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@MaybeAmes) May 2, 2020
Frederick, 45, told The New York Post that he’s “frustrated” over Whitmer’s “power trip.” He said, “The government, no matter Democrats or Republicans, always seems like they’re trying to do something just to prove they’re doing something, without weighing the ramifications.”
He believes it was unnecessary for Whitmer to have shut down the entire state explaining that there are 82 counties and “really only four need to be locked down.” He said this has “been an issue for a lot of people in the rural counties.”
The coronavirus outbreak was serious in the four counties surrounding the city of Detroit. But Whitmer decided to lock down the entire state “because a limited lockdown around the major city wouldn’t sit well with her base.”
“[Whitmer] says this is for the safety of Michigan, but I think it’s for the safety of her keeping her votes, because the southeast is highly democratic,” he added.
Last Thursday, a large group of protestors stormed the Michigan statehouse, many of whom were armed. Frederick told The Post he “supported their message,” but he thought they should have left their weapons at home because it’s not painting them in a good light.” He said, “We have open carry, but just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean you should do it — it’s sort of like [the virus].”
Whitmer spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. Tapper referred to a comment President Trump had made about Thursday’s protestors. He called them “very good people.”
Trump had made a similar remark which was taken way out of context in the aftermath of the infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017. This prompted several Democrats to resurrect the story. Tapper asked the governor if she viewed Michigan stay-at-home protesters in the same vein as Charlottesville Neo-Nazis?
She replied, “Well, some of the outrageousness of what happened at our capitol this week depicted some of the “worst racism and awful parts of our history in this country.”
Save it, Governor.
CNN's Jake Tapper asks if the Stay at Home protesters at the Capitol are in the same "vein" as the Charlottesville Neo-Nazis.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the protesters "depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history in this country." pic.twitter.com/gImo4ebIIk
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 3, 2020