A Democrat, who was a significant critic of building the U.S.–Mexico border wall, has been caught building a perimeter wall of her own with taxpayer money.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered a “perimeter security and other safety upgrades” to be fast-tracked for her state-owned mansion. The decision came after a rising number of protesters made threats outside the building in Lansing, 96 miles northwest of Detroit.
The governor’s office would not reveal precisely how much the fence would cost and instead confirmed the executive office budget had allocated $1.1 million to maintain the Michigan Governor’s Mansion.
“Routine maintenance and upgrades are performed as needed to ensure the safety, security, and protection of any sitting governor and the first family,” the governor’s spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said, according to the Detroit News.
The announcement was unusual since Whitmer had been a vocal opponent of the Trump administration’s U.S.–Mexico border wall project back in 2017. The governor’s decision to build herself a perimeter appears to be at odds with her earlier position.
“$40 billion for the [border] wall,” she said at the time on Twitter. “Think how many kids that would educate, how many roads, bridges, and pipes it would fix.”
Whitmer also campaigned against President Donald Trump’s wall in 2018, saying, “It is time we get back to building bridges, not walls,” according to the Daily Wire.
Since the beginning of 2017, about $15 billion has been earmarked to build 731 miles of the new border wall. Work completed so far includes more than 294 miles of pedestrian fencing, 217 miles of vehicle barriers, 162 miles of new primary and secondary border walls, and 26 miles of secondary fencing.
The project was jointly funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the Treasury Forfeiture Fund.
Whitmer drew sharp criticism at the beginning of the year when she ordered all Michiganders to stay at home and strictly prohibited visiting family members and friends unless they provide care. Any gatherings, regardless of size or family relationship, was also banned.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr threatened to take legal action against Whitmer and other governors that continue to impose excessive restrictions indefinitely with the excuse of trying to contain the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
“We did more than put them on notice,” he told the “Hugh Hewitt Show.” “[Measures] that say everyone has to shelter in place, to stay at home regardless of the situation on the ground, or you know, you shut down a business regardless of the capacity of the business to operate safely for its customers and its employees, those are very blunt instruments.”