Recall Petition To Oust Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Has More Than 120K Signatures

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Organizers of an online petition want to see Governor Whitmer recalled, WWJ Newsradio 950’s Rob St. Mary reports.

The change.org petition claims Governor Whitmer has failed and goes so far as to say she has caused more Michiganders to get sick by "further promoting the pandemic" while her closing of businesses has been haphazard during the outbreak.

It also goes on to say she hasn’t fixed the roads, tackled P-FAS and is cutting the Pure Michigan tourism campaign. Over 120,0000 people have signed the online petition.

The rhetoric is similar to that of a Facebook group called Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine, which garnered 258,000 members in just a few days.

Members of that page flood it with anti-Whitmer messages and things like, "Can someone explain to me why those out here working risking everything recieve nothing extra from the government but those on unemployment receive an extra 600$ a payday."

Some posts claim Whitmer should have banned the sale of everyting except "essential" items at grocery stores, others talk about gun rights, freedom of religion, and the constitution. Billy May wrote on the Facebook page, "I will not obey any unconstitutional laws. If I am ticketed I will see them in court. We are being lied to people! The virus is real but the hype from the media is all staged. I've checked a few hospitals and I have a nurse in my family. These number are false. We must make a stand. I will not live under such socialism. People are running out of money. Losing businesses... She is destroying us all for political reasons." 

Most on the page appear to be supporters of President Donald Trump, who was upset when Whitmer complained about the delays in testing and medical equipment arriving in Michigan. 

Trump said of Whitmer, "She is a new governor, and it's not been pleasant ... "We've had a big problem with the young — a woman governor. You know who I'm talking about — from Michigan. We don't like to see the complaints." 

A response from Whitmer’s office to the recall attempt says she’s doing everything she can to protect public health and safety at this time.

An actual petition to recall the governor would require language approved by the state board of canvassers for circulation and signatures of well over 700,000 registered Michigan voters to appear on the ballot.