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Gov Whitmer Apologizes After Photo Shows Her At Bar Violating Her Own Order

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Lansing — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an apology Sunday after a photo emerged showing her at a restaurant with 12 other people gathered around tables pushed together in violation of her health department’s current epidemic order.

The May 15 order from the state Department of Health and Human Services says no more than six people can be seated together and groups of patrons must be six feet apart. The conservative news outlet Breitbart first reported the photo Sunday.

“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to following public health protocols,” Whitmer said Sunday in a statement. “Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it.

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“In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.”

According to Breitbart, one of Whitmer’s friends briefly posted a montage of images on social media from the Saturday gathering at the Landshark Bar & Grill in East Lansing that included the photo of the governor. In addition to Whitmer, the group also featured Tricia Foster, her chief operating officer, according to Breitbart.

Landshark’s website describes it as “an essential part of the Michigan State University experience for years.” Its signature drink is the Shark Bowl, the website says.

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Tori Sachs, executive director of the conservative Michigan Freedom Fund, on Sunday blasted the Democratic governor, saying it was time for Whitmer to end her restrictions that she’s isn’t even following.

“Whitmer continues to defy her own ridiculous restrictions while everyone else is forced to abide by them,” Sachs said.

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