Whitmer says Michigan protests 'depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history'

Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan governor extends state of emergency due to COVID-19 through October Coronavirus lockdowns work Michigan resident puts toilet on front lawn with sign 'Place mail in ballots here' MORE (D) said protests inside the state Capitol last week, featuring demonstrators with assault weapons, swastikas and Confederate flags, depicted some of the “worst racism and awful parts” of the nation’s history. 

“Some of the outrageousness of what happened at our Capitol depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history in this country,” she said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

“The behavior you've seen in all of the clips is not representative of who we are in Michigan,” she added. 

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The protesters were demonstrating against Whitmer’s statewide stay-at-home order put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to mitigate the spread of the potentially fatal virus. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE tweeted Friday in defense of the protesters, calling them “very good people.”

“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal,” Trump tweeted. 

Whitmer on Sunday doubled down on her defense of the stay-at-home order and suggested she won’t be swayed by political pressure to lift restrictions. 

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“The fact of the matter is we are in the global pandemic. This is not something we negotiate ourselves out of and is a political matter. This is a public health crisis that has taken the lives of almost 70,000 Americans,” she said. 

“Whether you agree with me or not, I'm working to protect your life if you live in the state of Michigan,” Whitmer added. 

Michigan reported a total of 43,207 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,020 deaths statewide as of Saturday.