It was recently revealed that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a private jet to Florida several times while admonishing anyone who wanted to travel to Florida. Whitmer finally explained that she went to visit her father in Florida in March, but the story keeps changing.
During a press conference this week, Whitmer defended her trip to Florida when she was telling others in her state NOT to travel. She described her trip to Florida as “a brief trip.” and said it was “not paid for at taxpayer expense.” Whitmer still refuses to say who paid for the trip and whose plane she flew on.
The Detroit News reported last week that Whitmer took a private plane that’s usually shared by three of Michigan’s most prominent political donors, The Nicholson family of PVS Chemicals, the Moroun family of the trucking company Central Transport and the Cotton family, which formerly ran Meridian Health, are among those who use the Gulfstream G280 flown by Air Eagle LLC, according to a source with knowledge of the arrangement.
Whitmer bragged about “showing up” if family needs help but was at the same time hypocritically calling on Michiganders to stay put and not travel to Florida: “When a family member of mine needs a little help, though, I’m going to show up. Just like when we have a crisis here, we’re going to work 24/7 to keep the people of this state safe.”
Kyle Olson of Breitbart News asked Whitmer’s office why her story changed and if she could provide any evidence to indicate who paid for the private plane, but neither communications director Tiffany Brown nor press secretary Bobby Leddy would explain.
Republican Governors Association spokesman Chris Gustafson said in a statement: “Michiganders are tired of the growing stream of lies coming from Governor Whitmer. Whitmer’s refusal to disclose basic details about her vacation to Florida is simply more proof that she is unfit to lead and it is time to Fire the Damn Governor.”
OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON WHITMER’S HYPOCRISY IN TRAVELING DURING THE LOCKDOWN:
Last week, it was revealed that two of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s top health officials left the restrictive state of Michigan to vacation in free southern states despite warnings from the state’s governor to stay home and stay safe.
Whitmer’s Chief Operating Officer Trish Foster flouted her own restrictions and recommendations by traveling to Florida with her family, where they were seen in photos without masks and without social distancing.
Shortly after the news broke about Foster it was discovered that Whitmer’s newly appointed HHS Director Elizabeth Hertel also traveled to the free state of Alabama for a vacation with her family. It was later reported that Hertel was vaccinated, but Hertel had only received one dose of the vaccine before leaving the state for a little R & R.
Governor Whitmer responded to the report about her HHS Director heading south when the state of Michigan was experiencing a huge surge in COVID cases, by saying, “I’m not going to get distracted by partisan hit jobs on my team,” adding, “There have never been travel restrictions in Michigan. What directors do on their personal time is their business so long as they are safe which is what we’re asking everyone in the state to do.”
No wonder Michigan’s Democrat governor wasn’t overly concerned about her two top health officials leaving the state while COVID cases were surging to record levels—as it turns out, Whitmer was also secretly vacationing in Florida while telling residents of her own state to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID.
Whitmer’s travel to Florida contradicts her Administration’s 14 months of shutdown orders, lockdowns, and calls for Michiganders to stay home to stay safe.
“Gretchen Whitmer’s blatant display of hypocrisy is an insult to every single Michigander impacted by her lockdown orders and travel warnings,” said Ted Goodman, Communications Director of the Michigan Republican Party. “Not only did Whitmer and her top staffers vacation to Florida, but they tried to keep it a secret because for Whitmer, it’s—rules for thee, but not for me.”