Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, recently went on a rather epic tear against Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her new lockdown order, issuing a call for businesses that are still suffering from the last lockdown to be reopened.
Stafford posted a video on Instagram where she went all out against Whitmer and referred to the state of Michigan as a “dictatorship” under her administration.
“I’m over living in the dictatorship that we call Michigan,” Stafford railed. “I understand there’s a pandemic and I understand it’s very scary. I’m scared of it too. If you’re at risk, do not leave your house until there’s a vaccine. But shutting down all these small businesses, things that people have worked their life for, shutting them down again is not the answer. Because they will not make it.”
“So once we are able to leave our house, once this dictatorship decides to let us have some freedom, there will be nothing left,” she went on. “I’m just over it. I see all these people and it brings me to tears.”
“Believe me, I know there are people out there stating ‘that’s really ignorant of you, how could you say that.’ Listen, I know not everybody is going to agree with me. Not everybody is going to agree with my every move I make. That’s life, okay?” Stafford said. “This is my opinion. I feel for these small businesses. It’s not that I don’t feel for the people that have COVID or the hospitals. I do. But this is my opinion: I do not like living in a place where they tell me what I can and cannot do.”
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Stafford later apologized for her comments after receiving blowback on social media. She said she should not have used the word “dictatorship” and said she does not “know the answer” to dealing with the coronavirus. She posted the follow-up message Thursday evening on her Instagram.
In her post, Stafford wrote:
Should never have used the word “dictatorship.” I got caught up in the heat of the moment, that is my fault. I don’t know the answer and I won’t pretend to. I care about the people who are losing their lives or battling this.. and also the medical staff who care for them. And it is hard knowing these local business owners and watching them struggle and having to lay off their employees, not knowing how they are gonna make it. So I’m sorry. I let my emotions get the best of me. I love Michigan and the people here.. Don’t get that twisted in this[.] This place was my rock during my tough times. And I wish there was an answer that pleased everyone but we know that is definitely not the case.
Stafford should have never apologized. Especially because what she said is absolutely true. Michigan has become a dictatorship under Whitmer’s administration. She’s totally out of control, creating a number of orders that she herself and her husband don’t truly abide by.
This is why the GOP members of the Michigan House of Representatives have introduced a resolution to impeach her. She’s overstepped her constitutional bounds.
No need to apologize for telling the truth. But once you show people you can be bullied and pushed around, they’ll keep doing that over and over until you are in lockstep with everything they believe. It’s groupthink.