Lansing, MI – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in an interview that she “didn’t disagree” with the assertion that armed black protesters would have been killed had they attempted to do what white protesters did.
Her statement comes after armed black protesters were already left alone by law enforcement at the state Capitol building.
In a June 9 interview with The Root, Whitmer was asked, “How would do you respond to people who say if there were a group of black men who stormed the state Capitol, that they would have been dead.”
To put the question in context, there was a group of protesters who had been protesting the state’s stay at home order on April 30.
Some of the white protesters carried weapons with them, which is legal in Michigan, and entered state’s Capitol building, according to ABC.
According to Breitbart, Whitmer responded to the question in the video: “I understand why people say that and I don’t disagree.”
However, there were two separate incidents where black armed men went to the state Capitol building and were not killed by police.
Fox News reported that on May 6, a black state lawmaker had an armed escort, many of which were black, to the state Capitol building.
Democrat State Representative Sarah Anthony had the armed escort walk her to the building. The armed activists posed for a photograph holding their guns on the steps of the state Capitol building.
The Detroit News reported that armed black men protesting police brutality showed up May 28 at the state Capitol. Those men were also photographed holding their guns on the Capitol grounds.
The Michigan GOP criticized Whitmer for her comments.
“Yet again, Gov. Whitmer has demonstrated that she is willing to do anything, and say anything, to capture the national spotlight and appease her progressive base in her quest for the Vice Presidency,” state GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said in an email, according to the Detroit News.
Whitmer’s office rejected the GOP’s complaint.
“It’s disappointing but not surprising that President Trump and the Michigan Republican Party continue to fan the flames of racial division,” Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said in an email, according to the Detroit News. “Gov. Whitmer won’t be distracted by these petty partisan attacks that seek to divide Americans.”