In an interview on “Fox News Sunday”, Birx expressed concern about protesters bringing the virus to elderly family members and if there was an “unfortunate outcome”, these people would feel guilty for the rest of their life.
Some carried signs on the governor’s house arrest order, which Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued in March after the declaration of a state of emergency. Other protesters waved flags.
The state of emergency was to expire Thursday evening. Whitmer signed executive orders Friday ending the old state of emergency and implementing a new one until May 28. Whitmer previously extended the stay order until May 15.
President Donald Trump again sided with the protesters on Friday and tweeted for Whitmer to “see them, talk to them, make a deal.”
Whitmer told CNN Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday that some of the “scandalous” protests have shown “some of the worst racism and horrible parts of our history in this country”.
“The Confederate flags and noose, swastikas, the, you know, the behavior you saw in all the clips, are not representative of who we are in Michigan. And the fact is, I mean, that we nous in a global pandemic, “she said. “We must listen to expertise and our higher education institutions and our health system and make decisions that will protect the lives of all. “
Whitmer went on to say that she was working to protect lives in her state. “Whether you agree with me or not, I am working to protect your life if you live in the state of Michigan,” she said.
“I’m going to keep doing my job, regardless of the tweets posted or the polls published or what people think it makes sense,” Whitmer told Tapper. “We are going to listen to the facts and the science because we have to do it right. “
Asked about the same program about the protesters, Justin Amash, an independent congressman who became a Republican from Michigan, said he believed Whitmer “had passed in many ways” but condemned the use of Nazi symbols by some of the protesters. .
“Everyone has the right to protest. And I think the governor has abused in many ways. And it has shaken many people in the state of Michigan, “said Amash. “But when we protest, we have to do it in a proper way. I fully denounce and condemn the Nazi symbols which have been used in certain demonstrations. I think it’s a terrible idea to come to the capital with guns, guns, knowing that it could be seen as intimidation against lawmakers. I therefore denounce these things. But everyone has the right to protest. ”
Amash, who announced last week that he is launching an exploratory committee for a long-term presidential candidacy as a libertarian, said on Sunday in “State of the Union” that Michigan is “a state that cares about our rights. , cares about our freedoms, and we – we have to work with the governor. ”
This story has been updated with additional details.
CNN’s Steve Almasy and Rebekah Riess contributed to this report.