Protesters encouraged by Trump have spread Covid around state

It was easy to see this coming, with White House experts and the vice-president battling against the President’s messages.

Fox News – Dr. Birx: Michigan protests ‘devastatingly worrisome’

Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, warned that some activities that Americans are engaging in across the country are potentially putting lives in danger as the coronavirus pandemic continues to plague the nation.

In a “Fox News Sunday” interview, Birx weighed in on recent incidents ranging from crowds flocking to Califonia beaches to the reopening of salons and spas, but came down particularly hard on Michigan protesters who stormed the state capitol in large numbers without wearing masks.

“It’s devastatingly worrisome to me personally because if they go home and infect their grandmother or their grandfather who has a co-morbid condition and they have a serious or a very unfortunate outcome, they will feel guilty for the rest of our lives. So we need to protect each other at the same time we’re voicing our discontent.”

Fox News:  Gov. Whitmer asks Pence to discourage protests due to concerns of COVID-19 spreading to rural areas

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Vice President Mike Pence she was concerned that COVID-19 was spreading to rural parts of Michigan after groups of protesters gathered at the state capitol in defiance of her social distancing orders.

On a call with governors Monday afternoon, ABC News reports that Whitmer told Pence she was not only worried about the safety of those protesting, but also the health and safety of the communities where the protesters lived.

“We have seen from initial protests here is that we’ve got COVID-19 spreading in rural parts of our state, from which people traveled. And so, our ability to move on to the next phase and keep re-engaging our economy. I’m just concerned about it,” Whitmer said. “We’re going to keep watching those numbers and doing the tests.”

Whitmer also asked Pence to reinforce that people should take this seriously.

“If discouraging protests is something you could consider doing, I’d really be grateful,” she added.

Pence didn’t address the concerns over the protest, but later added that the Trump administration will “continue to emphasize to people the safe and responsible practices while we’ll move toward reopening.”

It might be futile for the administration to emphasize to people the safe and responsible practices while the Trump does the opposite.

Michigan has the seventh highest deaths per million of the US states at 468 which is high by international  standards – there are only 4 large countries with higher rates, with the whole of USA on 252.  Current deaths in Michigan 4,674, cases 48,021.