It’s Payback! Democratic Governors Face Charges for Strict Coronavirus Orders
Democratic governors are currently facing legal repercussions after local residents and state officials alleged that some of their measures to fight the deadly COVID-19 pandemic had gone beyond constitutional boundaries.
Currently, Democrat and California Gov. Gavin Newsom has faced numerous lawsuits over his state order to close down gun shops and labeling them “non-essential.” The Governor had also prohibited religious services, such as synagogues and churches to operate, a decision which some believed had already infringed people’s constitutional rights to freedom of speech.
Moreover, Newsom also faced a lawsuit from Samuel Armstrong, a Los Angeles County resident. Armstrong argued that the state had violated the 14th Amendment over its shelter-in-place order, which detains residents without undergoing a due process.
In his media appearance for CNN’s “State of the Union,” Newsom declared that the state was “being challenged.” He went on to lament how Democratic Governors had received massive backlash, saying that “All across this country, every single day, governors are being challenged, local health officials are being challenged, and it’s a spirit of collaboration.” Newsom warned that “Those that continue to pursue things that put people in harm’s risk, you have to have stepped up efforts and enforcement and sanctions.”
Gov. Newsom on @elonmusk reopening Tesla’s Alameda County facility and defying the county’s stay-at-home order: “They came together and they were able to work out a framework of modifications to keep their workers safe… they believe they will have this issue resolved" #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/j2h6eVRwgr— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 17, 2020
The Governor referred to the recent “collaboration” with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who had re-opened his business in Alameda County. Before Tesla re-opened, the controversial CEO had already posted on Twitter, declaring that he will be disobeying state orders, which required all businesses to stay close.
Newsom defended that by the time Tesla had re-opened, they had already secured the necessary permission to follow negotiations from the state. The Governor added that both Tesla and the county officials were able to “come together” and build a “framework of modifications’ in order to ensure that all Tesla employees are safe.
In the same way, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had also received a massive backlash among local residents for her extreme, authoritarian regime. Just last month, Whitmer had requested the Republican-led Michigan legislature to extend the state of emergency for an additional 28 days. When the Governor was asked to make concessions, Whitmer refused to negotiate, further exerting her authority. In return, the legislators, led by Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Lee Chatfield, claimed that the Governor had tried to undermine and bypass the power of the state’s legislation. As a response, Whitmer decried the GOP’s action and accused them of “power grab.”
In another court ruling, Whitmer’s lawsuit against 77-year-old barber Karl Manke was dismissed, as the judge ruled that the local business owner did not violate the state’s stay-at-home order. However, the Michigan Attorney General refused to give up and had rescheduled another hearing. As per Whitmer’s order, the state had also stripped Manke’s business permit without further notice, as a form of retaliation. Whitmer claimed that she expects everyone to stay at home, stating that it was an executive order, and not as a “suggestion.”
On the other hand, the Wisconsin Supreme Court had also ruled against the state’s stay at home order on Wednesday. The court claimed that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had overstepped his authority by implementing the state’s orders.
Finally, protesters sued Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear for infringing the First Amendment, prohibiting residents from gathering or mass protests, and in-person church services.