Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Reacts to Viral Rap Song Praising Her Coronavirus Response

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer took to Twitter to voice her approval of a song about her, written by rapper GmacCash.

The Detroit artist posted a video with the song, titled Big Gretch, to YouTube.

In the track, he imagines presenting Whitmer with Cartier Buffalo sunglasses—a status symbol—and criticizes President Trump and anti-lockdown protesters. He also praises Whitmer's response to the pandemic.

He raps: "All that protesting was irrelevant, Big Gretch ain't trying to hear ya'll or the president, how we gon' take orders from a non-resident? Talking about 'It's safe,' but he ain't coming with the evidence."

"She's doing it for Michigan, so when she hits the stand, everybody should be listening."

Widespread anti-lockdown protests against Whitmer's statewide stay-at-home order took place last week. Whitmer said protests inside the state Capitol, featuring demonstrators with assault weapons, swastikas and Confederate flags, depicted some of the "worst racism and awful parts" of the nation's history.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced an extension of the state's stay-at-home order through May 15 Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The protests came after Whitmer announced an extension of the state's stay-at-home order through May 15. Whitmer described the extension—which includes the lifting of some personal and economic restrictions—as a "step forward" for the state.

Discussions to lift additional restrictions would depend upon the number of cases continuing to decrease statewide and the state's ability to boost its testing and contact tracing efforts, Whitmer said.

"We've got to do everything we can to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 spread," Whitmer said during a news briefing. "As hard as this moment is for us right now, as isolated as we feel and as stressed as we are about getting back to work, reopening our businesses, we know that if we do it too fast, a second wave is likely and would be even more devastating than the moment we are in."

Last week, the Michigan Court of Claims ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order does not infringe on the constitutional rights of residents.

The lawsuit, brought by plaintiff Steve Martinko and others, claimed that Whitmer's initial "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order, as well as the recently adjusted version of the order, violated the rights of Michigan residents.

The plaintiffs in the case claimed that the "mandatory quarantine," along with interstate travel restrictions listed in an earlier version of the order, violated their rights to both procedural due process and substantive due process.

"But those liberty interests are, and always have been, subject to society's interests—society being our fellow residents," Court of Claims Judge Christopher M. Murray argued.

"They—our fellow residents—have an interest to remain unharmed by a highly communicable and deadly virus, and since the state entered the Union in 1837, it has had the broad power to act for the public health of the entire state when faced with a public crisis."

Murray stated that issuing injunctive relief "would not serve the public interest, despite the temporary harm to plaintiffs' constitutional rights."

There are 43,207 confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan, according to data from Johns Hopkins, and 4,020 people have died so far. As this chart from Statista shows, Michigan has the seventh highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

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U.S. states with the most coronavirus cases. Statista
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Confirmed COVID-19 cases across the U.S. Statista

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