Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said on Sunday that Republicans were to blame for an exemption that allows churches to gather in groups of 50 or more during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Whitmer told Fox News Sunday guest host John Roberts that GOP lawmakers contacted her after she issued an executive order on Monday banning gatherings of 50 or more.
“One thing that kind of puzzles me is that you have limited groups of people to 50 or fewer,” Roberts explained. “Yet, there is an exemption for places of worship. Why would a place of worship be any less likely to transmit diseases in a larger gathering than another place?”
“It’s not,” Whitmer agreed. “And we’re discouraging people from gathering at all.”
“So, why this exemption?” Roberts pressed.
“Well, you know, the separation of church and state, and the Republican legislature asked me to clarify that that’s an area that we don’t have the ability to enforce and control,” Whitmer said. “We are encouraging people though, do no congregate.”
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Pennsylvania Dem unloads on GOPers who pushed to reopen as they hid colleague’s COVID-19 infection
Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) lashed out at Republican lawmakers who remained silent after testing positive for COVID-19.
Democrats this week accused Republicans of withholding information after Rep. Andrew Lewis (R) tested positive for the virus.
"It's been a week, perhaps longer, that House Republican leadership knew that at least one of their members had tested positive for COVID-19," Sims explained in a Facebook post. "But they didn't go on quarantine until they were done serving alongside us, especially those of us that serve on the State Government Committee."
Video catches woman in Central Park falsely reporting ‘an African-American man threatening my life’
A video circulated on social media on Monday showed a woman in Central Park falsely claiming that an "African-American man" threatened her life.
Late Monday, Franklin Templeton announced that an "employee" had been put on leave after rumors circulated online the woman worked there.
The incident was said to occur between a man and a white woman over the Memorial Day weekend. Cell phone video shared on Twitter revealed a verbal confrontation as the woman was exercising her dog without a leash.
Mask-free customer berates Costco employee as he gets kicked out: ‘I woke up in a free country’
A man was caught on video berating a Costco employee after he was asked to leave the store because he refused to put on a mask.
The confrontation was said to occur at a Costco warehouse in Las Vegas.
In video shared on social media, the man can be heard telling the Costco employee that he has 3,000 Instagram followers.
"I work for Costco and I'm asking this member to put on a mask because that is our company policy," the employee states.
"I'm not doing it because I woke up in a free country," the customer replies.
At that point, the employee takes the customer's shopping cart.