Whitmer criticizes GOP election reform in video featuring Fauci pillow

Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerCompany continues operating pipeline through Michigan despite governor's order Michigan Republican offers bill to fine fact-checkers for errors Michigan to end remote work after reaching 55 percent vaccination rate MORE (D) criticized the GOP’s attempts at election reform in a video that featured a pillow of Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci: COVID-19 vaccine could lead to 'breakthrough' in HIV fight GOP lawmaker calls for Wuhan probe to 'prevent the next pandemic' Trump bemoans lack of vaccine credit amid mask news MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert.

Video circulated online of Whitmer discussing attempts by Republican-controlled legislatures to tighten voting rules amid disappointing results in the 2020 elections.

A black pillow can be seen on a shelf on the left side of the screen featuring Fauci’s face.


“We just came through a historic, free, fair, full election. There was not fraud the way that this big lie perpetuated and fed into people’s anxieties and inspired the unthinkable on January 6,” Whitmer said.

“But, the fact of the matter is this a solution in search of a problem and it is unacceptable and so, if and when those bills get to my desk and they’re aiming to make it harder for people to vote, they will get vetoed,” she added. 


GOP legislatures have moved to tighten the state’s election rules on the false premise that the 2020 election was riddled with widespread voting fraud, costing former President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE a second term in office.

Trump and his allies launched a series of unsuccessful legal challenges aiming to overturn the election results of a handful of swing states where Biden won, including Michigan where Biden won by more than 150,000 votes.

The Michigan state Senate unveiled a package of 39 bills last week which among other things require photo ID for absentee ballots, prevent the secretary of state’s office from sending absentee ballots online, and give poll watchers authority to record vote tabulations.