A top Democrat has no good way out of a situation she made for herself.
She got issued an ultimatum that she can’t answer.
Joe Biden’s top VP pick is facing one hard choice that could bring her down.
Donald Trump is now leading against Biden in six key swing states.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was on Biden’s shortlist as the governor of a key swing state that he needs to win.
Now more than ever, Joe Biden needs a strong vice presidential candidate to clean up his image.
Biden is facing sexual assault allegations from a former member of his Senate staff on top of his struggling memory issues.
But Whitmer is struggling for her own political life at the moment.
Michigan has seen a large number of protests against the over-the-top regulations that stopped seeds from being sold.
Her people just aren’t putting up with it anymore.
A 77-year-old Michigan barber says that he needs to open up to survive and he’s not waiting for the governor to decide when it’s safe for him to open.
Karl Manke opened up “Manke’s Beauty & Barber Shop” a week ago and says it will take Jesus or the police walking in to close him down.
“Heavens yes, I’m staying open unless they take me out in handcuffs or taser me,” Manke said.
Manke said he “can’t afford to stay closed,” and that “the demand for haircuts is high and … [I] cannot wait for the shutdown to be lifted.”
“I can … run my business how I feel I should run it,” he explained. “To tell you the truth, I am scared but I didn’t really have any choice. I need to work through that fear and open up.”
“I also know a lot of people who could use a haircut, yours truly included as well as my husband. … I expect people to follow the law,” Whitmer said. “These executive orders are not a suggestion. They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”
A judge refused on Monday to shut Manke’s business down, which offered a shattering blow to Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.
The judge refused a restraining order against Manke and said that if the governor wants to shut down the barbershop, there needs to be a hearing first.
Manke is grateful for the people who have come alongside him and helped support his fight to keep his business open.
“I came into this last Monday alone, thinking I’m going to swing in the wind alone,” Manke said, “I cannot believe the support that I’ve got. It’s overwhelming.”
There is a long way to go in the fight for America’s small businesses.
As Manke’s lawyer, David Kallman, put it:
“If you can walk down the aisles at Walmart, you can walk down the aisles in Karl’s barber shop and practice the same physical distancing, hand-washing, all the things we’ve been hearing on and on,” Kallman said.