Whitmer criticizes GOP election reform in video featuring Fauci pillow

Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerGovernors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Protesters crash former Detroit police chief's gubernatorial announcement event Former Detroit police chief launching gubernatorial campaign vs. Whitmer next week MORE (D) criticized the GOP’s attempts at election reform in a video that featured a pillow of Anthony FauciAnthony FauciIntercept reporters discuss gain-of-function research The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration United Airlines CEO says employees exempt from vaccine 'won't be in front of customers' 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.

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“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. 

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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 TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race 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.