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Whitmer Continues Failed School Closure Policy

LANSING, Mich., December 11, 2020 – Despite mounting evidence from domestic and international medical experts refuting COVID related school closures, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her administration continue to impose their failed closure policies across Michigan.

In late November, Fox News reported that Dr. Fauci believed we should “keep the children in school and get them back to school.”, with the article saying he noted, “that the spread of COVID-19 between children was ‘low,’ especially compared to other areas.”. This science has been backed up by international studies as well, with the German Department of Labor releasing a report which saw no increased rates of infections amongst children in Germany and other European nations.

“Governor Whitmer has made a habit of implementing policies that run contrary to what the experts are saying, and her school closure policies are no exception.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “The science shows her school closure policies could do immeasurable damage to children’s developmental and emotional health. The Michigan Republican Party continues to call on Governor Whitmer to listen to the experts and allow our kids to go back to school before the damage is irreversible.”


Cox Statement On Governor Whitmer Skirting Johnson Comments

LANSING, Mich., December 10, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding Governor Whitmer’s failure to condemn harmful comments made by Representative Cynthia A. Johnson.

“I am disappointed that Governor Whitmer did not have the courage to come out and condemn Representative Johnson for her comments inciting violence, when asked about them in today’s COVID press conference. Instead of making excuses for Representative Johnson, the Governor should join the bipartisan voices, including Attorney General Dana Nessel, in denouncing Representative Johnson for making clear threats of violence towards political opponents. This behavior has no place in our society.”


Cox Statement On Autism Advocate Xavier DeGroat

LANSING, Mich., December 10, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding autism advocate Xavier DeGroat completing his White House internship.

“At a time when Democrats and Republicans struggle to find areas of agreement, I am proud to say that Xavier DeGroat and the completion of his internship at the White House is something we can all celebrate. Xavier is an exceptional young man who also happens to be autistic, making him the first autistic White House interns in history. Xavier has led an incredible life thus far, through his foundation he has advocated for autistic people, breaking down barriers and pioneering new opportunities. I am incredibly proud of his work and accomplishments, and I hope leaders on both sides of the aisle will join me in congratulating Xavier on his successful internship at the White House.”


Whitmer Silent On Johnson Inciting Violence

LANSING, Mich., December 10, 2020 – While voices from across the aisle have come out and condemned Representative Cynthia A. Johnson for inciting violence against supporters of President Trump, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has remained silent.

Earlier this week, Representative Cynthia A. Johnson posted a video on Facebook, where she called on her “soldiers” to make supporters of President Trump “pay”. The bipartisan backlash has been telling, with Democrat Attorney General Dana Nessel calling Johnson’s comments “unacceptable”, saying she “strongly” condemns them. Governor Whitmer thus far, however, has not come out to join the growing number of voices denouncing Johnson.

“Gretchen Whitmer’s silence on this matter is a deafening reminder of her hyper-partisanship. Instead of standing by Representative Johnson’s comments, she should be joining the growing bipartisan voices decrying them, just as Republicans have denounced threats against Democrats.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I am calling on Governor Whitmer to come out strongly against Representative Johnson’s comments which incite violence. As she well knows, there is no place in a civilized society for violence against your political opponents.”


Nessel Condemns "Merry Christmas"

LANSING, Mich., December 9, 2020 – As President Trump wishes Americans holiday greetings, Attorney General Dana Nessel took to Twitter to condemn wishing others a “Merry Christmas”.

Nessel contextualized this criticism with a story about a store clerk who politely wished her and her family “Merry Christmas”, which she took as a personal offense. In the since-deleted tweet, she absurdly claimed that wishing “Merry Christmas” to those who don’t celebrate it indirectly accuses that them of being un-American.

“This is yet another example of Dana Nessel saying outrageous things to drum up her own publicity for Joe Biden and the national media.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “Not only is President Trump aware of our great nation’s diversity, his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren are Jewish and the first Jewish members of a First Family. I hope that Dana Nessel can embrace the spirit of the season and put away the partisanship and religious intolerance she displayed on Twitter.”

This is not the first time Dana Nessel has shown her religious intolerance, back in 2019 Nessel was criticized for attacking Catholics and making offensive jokes about the Rosary.


Michigan Legislators Call For Subpoena Powers In Election Investigation

LANSING, Mich., December 9, 2020 – Today, members of the Michigan House of Representatives released a statement calling for subpoena powers to be granted to the House Oversight Committees to aid in their investigation of the 2020 November election results, as well as an immediate halt to the destruction of all election-related materials.

This comes after Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox and Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel made calls for a full audit of the November election results due to widespread irregularities.

“I am proud of the Republican legislators who stood up for the preservation of evidence and the powers required to launch a full-scale investigation into November’s election results.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “The Michigan Republican Party will continue to support and fight for uncovering the truth of what happened on Election Day and the days that followed.”


Detroit State Rep Incites Violence

LANSING, Mich., December 9, 2020 – In a video posted on Facebook last night, Representative Cynthia A. Johnson posted a disturbing profanity-laden video where she incited violence against Republicans. In the video Johnson told supporters of President Trump to “watch out” and called for her “soldiers” to “make them pay”.

“I am incredibly disturbed by Representative Cynthia Johnson’s deranged Facebook rant. It is reprehensible that an elected official would call on her ‘soldiers’ to make the supporters of an opposing party ‘pay’, and clearly such a statement could incite people to violence.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “It was distressing to know that Representative Johnson received threats after last week’s hearing, however by issuing threats of violence of her own against the supporters of President Trump she has sunk to the same level as the unhinged individuals who threatened her. I call on Governor Whitmer and Michigan Democrats to condemn Representative Johnson’s statement immediately.”


Whitmer Puts Party Planning Above People Of Michigan

LANSING, Mich., December 8, 2020 – On the same day Governor Whitmer extended her shutdowns which have crippled small businesses and caused families across Michigan to cancel holiday celebrations, it was announced that Whitmer has taken on a new job - planning Joe Biden’s inaugural celebration.

According to an announcement from Joe Biden’s team, Governor Whitmer will serve as an advisor to help plan the upcoming inauguration. Meanwhile, restaurants and businesses throughout the state remain shuttered during their busiest time of the year, with no end in sight.

“Governor Whitmer is showing yet again that she is prioritizing partisan politics over the people of Michigan. Instead of planning a party, she should be working with the State Legislature to come up with a plan that protects Michiganders without destroying their lives.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I call on Governor Whitmer to resign from this party planning position and devote herself to the job she was elected to do. If that is too much to ask, ‘Big Gretch’ should find a new job.”


Redistricting Commission Considering Partisan Appointment

LANSING, Mich., December 7, 2020 – In a clear case of irony, the “non-partisan” Michigan Redistricting Commission is considering a hyper-partisan appointment to the General Counsel position to advise the commission on all legal matters.

The Michigan Redistricting Commission is considering the appointment of James Lancaster to fill the role of General Counsel to the commission, a role that carries immense power as chief legal advisor. Lancaster has a long partisan history of financially supporting Democrats and liberal causes. This also comes after candidates with even the slightest partisan ties to Republicans were rejected for other positions on the commission.

“The fact that the Redistricting Commission is considering a partisan Democrat like James Lancaster for such a vital and powerful role, shows how easily the commission can become a vessel for the Democrat Party.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I call on all members of the commission to reject Mr. Lancaster’s consideration, and uphold the standard they have established of choosing candidates with no connection to partisan politics.”


Benson Demands Data Deleted

While MIGOP calls for audit, Benson demands election data deleted


LANSING, Mich., December 4, 2020 – While the Michigan Republican Party joined bipartisan calls for a full audit of the November 2020 election results, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is pushing for the mass deletion of election data.

In a memo to County Clerks earlier this week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told clerks to delete Electronic Poll Book Software and associated files, despite multiple calls for an audit of the election - including a bipartisan request from the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. According to the Michigan Bureau of Elections, this data should not be deleted if, “a post-election audit is planned but has not yet been completed,”.

“Secretary Benson’s move to request the deletion of election data amidst bipartisan calls for an audit is just another example of her putting partisan politics over what’s best for Michigan.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “With election irregularities rampant across the state, it is vital that we have this audit before any election data is deleted. Secretary Benson’s move to delete this data before an audit raises a serious question, what are the Democrats hiding?”