President Donald Trump has shifted the blame for his bungled response to the global pandemic to every entity but the White House. As confirmed cases, deaths, and job losses continue to rise, the President has blamed everyone from the World Health Organization to China to former President Barack Obama.
Another favorite target of his blame has been the governors whom he says aren't "appreciative" enough of his administration's efforts to curb the virus.
For their part, numerous governors have implored the federal government to oversee the distribution of lifesaving medical and testing equipment, only for Trump to say they should fend for themselves, relying on the federal government as a backup.
Most of these governors have instituted stay-at-home and social distancing orders, which health experts say are effective in slowing the spread of the virus, and which Trump falsely implies are as deadly as the virus itself.
One of the governors who's borne the brunt of Trump's frustration has been Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Trump has attacked Whitmer on Twitter and from the podium at his daily press briefings.
The lambs were sure to follow.
With Trump's endorsement, protests demanding local leaders defy the advice of health experts and revoke stay-at-home orders have sprouted up across the country.
Some Michigan-based protestors have begun gathering outside of Governor Whitmer's home, demanding that she allow non-essential businesses to reopen.
One of the organizers of the demonstrations, Brandon Hall, referred to Governor Whitmer with a new nickname in a statement:
"We are protesting near the Wolverine Queen's taxpayer funded castle to peacefully advocate for re-opening Michigan immediately. We also want to ask her why she does not follow her own order and 'Stay Home, Stay Safe?'"
Hall likely meant to insult Whitmer with the moniker "Wolverine Queen," but there's just one problem.
It's kind of...awesome?
The Wolverine Queen sounds like the ruler of a small kingdom in the North that no one, not even the Targaryens, was… https://t.co/oCHIg08wVf— Nicholas Grossman (@Nicholas Grossman)1587663743.0
Wait. Wolverine Queen sounds cool. What are they thinking? https://t.co/VCE0U4EjQp— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer)1587614574.0
If Gov Whitmer's campaign people aren't cranking out "Wolverine Queen" merch within 48 hours, fire them for politic… https://t.co/58ejyYjYhr— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis)1587615233.0
@nickrmanes @GovWhitmer Me ordering a Wolverine Queen t-shirt.... https://t.co/2Yfqrr212b— Alyssa Hertzig (@Alyssa Hertzig)1587640294.0
WOLVERINE QUEEN sounds like a badass bitch. In the best possible way. https://t.co/AqgAMvyadT— Dr Caveat Lector (@Dr Caveat Lector)1587617020.0
Wolverine Queen as a moniker is actually cool as hell and I’d run with it https://t.co/cjp7UH6GJD— Ryan Maino (@Ryan Maino)1587669553.0
The demonstrators' attempt to help their cause only hurt them.
Not that they had much credibility to begin with.
Can we all admit at this point that this is solely about people who want to own the libs through any means necessary https://t.co/A3RwjIJjxm— becky shmurda's "hot karen" (@becky shmurda's "hot karen")1587656377.0
Oh, that dumbass with the Tr-mp float again. Is he still unemployed and living with his mother like he was 2 years… https://t.co/dGIpPcbmkP— Jen (@Jen)1587658091.0
Flu Klux Klan, at it again. White supremacists, fighting for the "freedom" to kill their neighbors. "Tell the trut… https://t.co/8X7SmoJoit— Benjamin Perry (@Benjamin Perry)1587663228.0
At least Whitmer can thank them for a bold new nickname.