Former Michigan governor on protests: The 'selfishness must stop'

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden announces green buildings initiative Overnight Energy & Environment — Earth records its hottest years ever MORE (D) on Saturday called the people in Michigan who protested Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan governor asking lawmakers to triple tax credit for low- and moderate-income workers Whitmer leading former Detroit police chief in reelection bid: poll Virginia's Youngkin gets the DeSantis treatment from media MORE's (D) extended stay-at-home order earlier in the week amid the COVID-19 pandemic selfish.

"They were putting people at risk. That selfishness must stop," Granholm, now a CNN contributor, said on the network.

She added, "They have freedom, but other people have freedom to live — or should. And they shouldn't be inflicting or putting others at risk."


On Wednesday, protesters surrounded the Michigan Capitol in Lansing and demanded an end to the stay-at-home order, claiming the measure was infringing on their personal liberties.

Whitmer, in response, said that kind of behavior can lead to a resurgence of the virus that has killed more than 37,000 people in the U.S.

“The thing that I’m concerned most about, and that I think my fellow governors are as well, is a resurgence,” Whitmer said.

"When you see a political rally — that’s what it was yesterday — a political rally where people aren’t wearing masks and they’re in close quarters and they're touching one another, you know that that’s precisely what makes this kind of disease drag out and expose more people," she added.

Michigan, as of Saturday, has nearly 30,000 confirmed cases of the disease and more than 2,200 deaths, according to data compiled by The New York Times.