Whitmer, speaking live Sunday on two
Whitmer made her comments after the state on Saturday reported 3,338 new coronavirus cases Saturday. That is a record high since the pandemic began in March, though hospitalization rates and fatalities are still well below their April peaks.
Trump announced Friday he will hold a Tuesday afternoon rally at
"I am concerned about it," Whitmer, a national co-chair of former vice president
"Coming together and bringing groups who are not wearing masks, where they are projecting their voices, this is a recipe for disaster."
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Trump, who recently recovered from COVID-19, "has shown he can't even protect his own self from getting COVID, and now the vice president's top people have COVID," said Whitmer.
Biden has been holding much smaller campaign events, requiring face masks and physical distancing for those who attend. The Trump campaign has distributed face masks at his much larger campaign events, but videos show many attendees do not wear them in crowds where people are seated side-by-side.
Interviewed Sunday on
Whitmer said such decisions are mainly made at the local level.
However, "I just want to be very blunt in my assessment, as a parent," Whitmer said. She said she has had friends ask if their children should participate in events where some children are wearing masks and some are not.
"If that was my child, I would pull them out," Whitmer said. "If you are going into a business and they are not enforcing their mask mandate, it means they're not doing what they need to protect you, and you should walk out. Each of us has choices that we need to make, and none of them is fun ... and yet, we have to have some personal responsibility here and make choices to protect our families, to protect our businesses, and to protect ourselves."
In both interviews, Whitmer called the steady increase in
Whitmer, who saw her powers under the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945 struck down by an
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