Trump-impeacher Pete Meijer of western Michigan lost his reelection bid to Trump-endorsed John Gibbs, a new political candidate. That brings the removal of the House Trump impeachment crew to six, with Washington State still counting votes amid their odd ranking “splitter” system designed to avoid head-to-head challenges.
John Gibbs is a strong testimonial to the renewed effort of the rebel alliance. Citizen led legislative representatives that carry a servant’s heart with the intent to represent America’s interests first. John Gibbs is a smart, eloquent and more importantly, a profoundly decent man, carrying the banner.
Gibbs win is being heralded as an ‘upset’, but truly it is more reflective is a voting base that’s had enough of the UniParty. This is not a battle of miles gained, we are fighting for every inch; forced by the skewed corruption within our republic to fight like insurgents. Indeed, this is an insurgency to save our republic.
While this modern American rebellion taking place, a grassroots commonsense insurgency led by the disruptor known as Donald Trump, all of the corrupt multinational corporations, Wall Street benefactors and federal institutions are doing everything in their power to fight it.
(Fox News) John Gibbs has defeated incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer, R-MI, in the closely watched Republican primary for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, the Associated Press called just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
The race pitted former President Donald Trump, who backed Gibbs, against one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol last year.
The former president endorsed Gibbs, a former software developer who served in the Trump administration as an acting assistant secretary in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
[…] Trump celebrated Gibbs’ victory in a post on Truth Social where he thanked his supporters. “Fantastic night in Michigan! Tudor Dixon will be a great Governor. John Gibbs WON with a big surge in the end. Not a good time for Impeachers – 7 down, 3 to go! Thank you Michigan!” he wrote in the post.
Just before AP officially called the race for Gibbs, Meijer conceded the primary contest. (read more)
Liz Cheney is toast. I assume that is the #7 being counted by President Trump.
Republican voters in Michigan chose to oust incumbent Republican Rep. Peter Meijer, whose first vote in Congress was to impeach former President Donald Trump, in favor of replacing him with the Trump-endorsed John Gibbs.
Meijer, who acknowledged in 2021 that voting to oust the former president “may have been an act of political suicide,” conceded defeat to Gibbs early Tuesday night after results showed the Trump favorite pulling ahead by a few thousand votes. Gibbs will face Democrat candidate Hillary Scholten in November in the battle for Michigan’s District 3, which was recently rearranged from being a Trump district to one that Biden carried by nine points.
While Trump critic Meijer readily voted for Democrat legislation such as the Biden administration’s hefty spending bills and red flag laws, Gibbs ran on an “America First, Always” platform. In contrast, despite incessant mocking from the corrupt corporate media who repeatedly smeared him as an “election denier,” Gibbs acknowledged that there were “widespread irregularities and statistical anomalies in the 2020 election” and demanded a “full forensic audit of what happened in 2020.” This earned him the favor of Trump, who criticized impeachers such as Meijer.
Despite Meijer’s attempts to win over Democrat support by voting with them on multiple issues including impeachment shortly after he assumed office in 2021, the blue party poured hundreds of thousands of dollars and multiple advertisements into candidates such as Gibbs with the hopes that voters would “nominate more extreme — and potentially more beatable — candidates.”
Democratsand the corporate media lamented Meijer’s loss but refused to acknowledge that Republican voters genuinely favored a candidate like Gibbs. Instead, they blamed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The corporate media have tried to downplay Trump’s role in influencing key Republican primaries, but there is no denying that Meijer is the second of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump to be replaced. Meijer’s loss follows South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice’s primary defeat in June to the Trump-endorsed state Rep. Russell Fry and the resignation of four more anti-Trump Republican representatives including Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, John Katko of New York, and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.
Republican Tudor Dixon secured an easy victory Tuesday in Michigan’s GOP gubernatorial primary, setting up a competitive face-off with Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for November.
Dixon had nearly twice as many votes as her closest competitor, businessman Kevin Rinke, at the time of this publishing, according to Detroit Free Press results. Analyst David Wasserman called the race around 8:30 p.m. Eastern, soon after most polls closed in the state.
Dixon, a conservative media personality, emerged as a clear frontrunner in a five-way primary after former President Donald Trump endorsed her last week.
Trump said of Dixon in his endorsement announcement that when he “met Tudor Dixon, she was not well known” but that he could “tell she had something very special.”
“She’s pro-God, pro-Gun, and pro-Freedom, and she won’t be stopped!” Trump stated. “She will stand up to the Radical Left as they try to indoctrinate our children and is ready to take on one of the worst Governors in the nation, Gretchen Whitmer, who is trying to destroy Michigan and our Country.”
Dixon also competed in the primary with the backing of Michigan’s wealthy DeVos family.
Dixon’s rise to the top of the gubernatorial primary field previously appeared unlikely. However, in May, the State Board of Canvassers disqualified half of the Republicans in the field, including the then-frontrunner, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, for submitting invalid nomination petitions.
The disqualifications thrust the primary into a last-minute competition among the underdogs.
Whitmer, who ran unopposed in her primary, benefited from the chaos, as polls have since shown that she holds a sizable lead, and election analyst Cook Political Report recently moved the race in the battleground state from a toss-up to “lean D.”
The Republican Governors Association (RGA) celebrated Dixon’s win in a statement Tuesday night, saying the group could not be “more excited” to “end Whitmer’s disastrous tenure.”
RGA cochairs Govs. Doug Ducey and Pete Ricketts said, “Michigan voters sent a clear message tonight that they are fed up with Gretchen Whitmer’s rampant hypocrisy, complete disregard for transparency, and failed agenda which is making it harder for families to make ends meet. We couldn’t be more excited to support Tudor Dixon this fall to end Whitmer’s disastrous tenure.”
Voters in Missouri, Arizona, Michigan, Washington State, Kansas, and Ohio head to the polls on Tuesday to again test the resolve of former President Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement, with several key races from coast to coast setting the tone for the future of the Republican Party.
In Missouri, former Gov. Eric Greitens faces off against Attorney General Eric Schmitt in the GOP senatorial primary also featuring Reps. Billy Long (R-MO) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). Greitens, who has portrayed himself as the real MAGA candidate, was the first candidate nationwide to pledge to oppose Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell no matter what if elected. His anti-establishment aggression has drawn fierce opposition from the likes of McConnell and other establishment foes like former George W. Bush aide Karl Rove, but Schmitt has tried to position himself similarly–despite backing from major mega-donors connected to McConnell–as a Trump-aligned conservative. The fight for Trump’s support culminated on Monday with an endorsement by Trump for simply “ERIC”–with the former president not specifying one or the other–and both of them claiming his endorsement meant them. Whichever one wins will say a lot about the future of the party, and could set the tone for the beginning of the end of McConnell either way as even Schmitt came out against McConnell at the very end of the race following Greitens’ lead.
Out in Arizona, Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has shocked the GOP establishment with a brash campaign while the establishment has rushed in to push Karrin Taylor Robson. The race has pitted Trump against his former wingman former Vice President Mike Pence, who campaigned for Robson on the same day Trump held a rally with Lake. Lake seems to have broken out in the polls in the home stretch, suggesting Trump’s backing and her aggressive anti-establishment style might win the day–and a loss for Robson would be a serious setback for the establishment wing of the GOP. In the Senate primary, likewise, a similar type of fight is playing out with Trump-backed Blake Masters taking a huge lead over his primary opponents as Republicans look to November to try to oust Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in this critical race.
Michiganders, meanwhile, will select who will face off against Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with Tudor Dixon the favorite to close the deal in the primary on Tuesday night after she surged in polls thanks to a late endorsement from Trump in the final days of the campaign. Dixon will have to work to unite the party after a bruising primary and challenge the increasingly competitive Whitmer in November, and has a tough road ahead of her, but many allies of Dixon’s think she can pull it off. Michigan voters will also judge the fate of Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in early 2021.
Up in Washington State, two impeachment Republicans–Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)–also face judgement day. If any of these three go down on Tuesday night, that bodes even more badly for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), whose Wyoming primary looms just a couple weeks from now on August 16.
Ohio voters meanwhile have statehouse elections, and there may be some interesting developments there. Kansas, too, is going to select a GOP nominee for governor to take on Gov. Laura Kelly (D-KS)–a Democrat and top target of Republicans this year.
The polls close in Ohio at 7:30 p.m. ET, in Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas at 8:00 p.m. ET, in Arizona at 10:00 p.m. ET, and in Washington State at 11:00 p.m. ET.
Follow along here for live updates as the results pour in from across the country.
In Michigan’s third congressional district with 3 percent reporting, Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI)–one of the 10 Republicans who backed Trump’s impeachment–is losing big to Trump-backed challenger John Gibbs. Gibbs, at 63 percent, is way ahead of Meijer’s 37 percent.
UPDATE 9:01 p.m. ET:
Wasserman from Cook Political Report is saying that he expects Schmitt will win in Missouri:
I’ve seen enough: Eric Schmitt (R) wins the #MOSEN GOP primary, defeating Vicky Hartzler (R), Eric Greitens (R) and others.
According to the New York Times, only 4 percent are reporting but Schmitt is at 45.9 percent and Hartzler is at 22.2 percent while Greitens is at 17.9 percent.
UPDATE 8:49 p.m. ET:
With 2 percent reporting now in Missouri, Schmitt has 44.6 percent and Hartzler has 24.4 percent while Greitens has 16.7 percent.
UPDATE 8:48 p.m. ET:
With 1 percent reporting so far in Missouri, Schmitt has a big lead–but much of what is reporting is from major metro areas like St. Louis and Kansas City. Rural areas are not in yet, so it will be interesting if this dynamic changes or not.
UPDATE 8:41 p.m. ET:
Still less than 3,000 votes are reported and less than 1 percent of primary turnout is reported in Missouri, so these results are insignificant so far but Schmitt has the lead and Vicky Hartzler is in second and Greitens is in third so far.
UPDATE 8:37 p.m. ET:
Wasserman also called the race for Stevens over Levin in Michigan:
I’ve seen enough: Rep. Haley Stevens (D) wins the #MI11 Dem primary, defeating progressive Rep. Andy Levin (D). @CookPolitical November rating: Solid D.
In Michigan, in the 11th congressional district Democrat primary, Reps. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Andy Levin (D-MI) are facing off due to redistricting forcing a member-member primary. Stevens currently has the edge there, but this one has waffled back and forth and is worth watching.
UPDATE 8:27 p.m. ET:
With 2 percent reporting in Kansas in the GOP primary for governor, Trump-backed Derek Schmidt leads big with 74.4 percent of the vote. He is cruising there.
UPDATE 8:25 p.m. ET:
With 3 percent now reporting in Michigan, Tudor Dixon has expanded her lead to nearly 10,000 votes and has 46.8 percent to Rinke’s 23.1 percent.
UPDATE 8:16 p.m. ET:
The first votes are in now in Michigan’s GOP gubernatorial primary, with 1 percent reporting, and Trump-backed Tudor Dixon is up big. She’s at 46.1 percent and Kevin Rinke is in second with 31.1 percent–a 15 percent lead for Dixon–and while it’s still early that’s a strong start for her.
UPDATE 8:10 p.m. ET:
State officials say that turnout in Missouri today is extremely low:
How this affects the race remains to be seen, but it is interesting that despite the intense national political interest and millions of dollars spent that turnout was this low.
UPDATE 8:04 p.m. ET:
The first votes are coming in from Missouri–less than a percent of those cast–and Schmitt has an early lead with 276 votes to 134 for Greitens.
UPDATE 8:01 p.m. ET:
Per former President Donald Trump’s team, beyond his generic “Eric” endorsement in Missouri he has many endorsements on the line tonight including several major federal and statewide endorsements around the country. They are as follows:
Arizona-01 David Schweikert Arizona-02 Eli Crane Arizona-05 Andy Biggs Arizona-08 Debbie Lesko Arizona-09 Paul Gosar Arizona-Attorney General Abe Hamadeh Arizona-Governor Kari Lake Arizona-Secretary of State Mark Finchem Arizona-Senate Blake Masters Arizona-State Senate-07 Wendy Rogers Arizona-State Senate-09 Rob Scantlebury Arizona-State Senate-10 David Farnsworth Arizona-State Senate-27 Anthony Kern Arizona-State Senate-29 Janae Shamp Kansas-01 Tracey Mann Kansas-02 Jake LaTurner Kansas-04 Ron Estes Kansas-Governor Derek Schmidt Kansas-Senate Jerry Moran Michigan-Governor Tudor Dixon Michigan-01 Jack Bergman Michigan-02 John Moolenaar Michigan-03 John Gibbs Michigan-04 Bill Huizenga Michigan-05 Tim Walberg Michigan-09 Lisa McClain Michigan-10 John James Michigan-State House-36 Steve Carra Michigan-State House-43 Rachelle Smit Michigan-State House-51 Matt Maddock Michigan-State House-63 Jacky Eubanks Michigan-State House-71 Kevin Rathbun Michigan-State House-79 Angela Rigas Michigan-State House-88 Mick Bricker Michigan-State House-99 Mike Hoadley Michigan-State Senate-17 Jonathan Lindsey Michigan-State Senate-22 Mike Detmer Missouri-03 Blaine Luetkemeyer Missouri-06 Sam Graves Missouri-08 Jason Smith Washington-03 Joe Kent Washington-04 Loren Culp
UPDATE 8 p.m. ET:
The polls have closed in Missouri, Michigan, Kansas, and Ohio. Results are expected imminently in each.
Tudor Dixon, a Republican candidate running for governor in Michigan, said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D-MI) abusive lockdowns — ostensibly decreed to reduce coronavirus transmission — were part of a broader audition to be selected as President Joe Biden’s running mate during the 2020 presidential campaign season.
“We saw her auditioning to be vice president,” Dixon remarked on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. “We know she was on the short list to be vice president, and so it seemed as though she felt that the stricter she was with lockdowns — the more radical, the more incompetent — that Joe Biden would see her as the perfect mate for him to go to Washington.
Whitmer locked down the Wolverine State with more severity than most other states to demonstrate her partisan and political bona fides to Democrats and the broader left, Dixon observed.
“[Whitmer] did create this national presence. So if you saw her recent fundraising report, 40 percent of it is from outside of the state, much of that is California and New York. So those radical California and New York policies, she wants to bring to the state of Michigan.”
She said Whitmer “is now being considered on a short list for running for president in ’24.”
“I think the people of Michigan need to understand that this is a person whose long-term goal has always been to leave Michigan and go to Washington, and take her radical policies there,” Dixon stated. “Her radical policies during the pandemic — which were the the most lockdowns we’ve seen in the country — we had kids out of school longer than I think in any other state [and] we had a terrible problem with nursing homes.”
Marlow recalled how Whitmer advised Michiganders not to travel to Florida in March of 2021 — as many Americans did in order to escape restrictions and suspensions of constitutional rights without due process in their respective cities and states — after vacationing in the Sunshine State herself weeks prior for what she said were “personal” reasons.
Dixon said, “She robbed the kids of their education, robbed them of potential scholarships and sports, robbed people of their livelihoods and their life savings and their businesses that they started from scratch.”
Whitmer’s “iron fist” and “Big Brother” governance is destroying Michigan’s economy, including its legacy as the home of America’s automobile industry. She said businesses regularly tell her they are leaving Michigan for freer economic environments in other states due to onerous government regulation and extraction overseen by Whitmer.
Dixon shared, “We have businesses tell us all the time they’re leaving the state of Michigan because they just can’t handle the bureaucracy coming after them. And then, when I talk to businesses outside of the state, I ask, ‘Why aren’t you coming into the state of Michigan?’ they say, ‘Michigan’s known as the ‘Gotcha State. You have a government that’s going in and trying to get you, bust you, and hinder you doing business.”
“We’re even chasing off the automotive industry,” she added. “Our legacy industry is now going to Kentucky and Tennessee, and when I ask them, they say, ‘Michigan’s just not in the race. … Overall, the state of Michigan is really in decline. If you look at the foundation of our state — education has suffered and significantly. Gretchen Whitmer had our kids out of school for … longer than almost any other state.”
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University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh understands actions speak louder than words, which is why the former quarterback told ESPN this week that he and his wife will gladly raise any of his family members, staff, or players’ surprise babies.
“I’ve told [them] the same thing I tell my kids, the boys, the girls, same thing I tell our players, our staff members. I encourage them if they have a pregnancy that wasn’t planned to go through with it, go through with it. Let that unborn child be born, and if at that time, you don’t feel like you can care for it, you don’t have the means or the wherewithal, then Sarah and I will take that baby,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh, a practicing Catholic whose top priorities are “faith, family, and football,” said that to just ignore the truth about abortion would do a serious injustice to a “life-or-death type of issue.”
“I believe in, and I respect, people’s views. But let’s hear them. Let’s discuss them because there’s passion on both sides of this issue. So when you combine that with respect, that’s when the best results come. … [I’m] just contributing to that conversation and that communication, which I think is really important, in my opinion,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh’s decision to walk the walk instead of just talk the talk is something thousands of Christian families in America have done. But not even the coach’s generous offer to open his “big house” to any child who needs a place to grow and learn was enough to evade criticism from pro-abortionists in sports media.
“There are 10,000 foster kids in Michigan. Want to guess how many the Jim Harbaugh family has fostered. Hint: it’s around the number of national championships won,” Dave Zirin, a sports editor for The Nation, tweeted.
Abortion activists such as Zirin like to lie that pro-lifers and Christians only care about babies up until they are born. This is an invalid criticism for several reasons. First, you don’t have to do something to prove that you think murdering babies in the womb is wrong and that life has inherent value.
Second, it’s religious folks like Harbaugh who do the most fostering, adopting, and donating to crisis pregnancy centers in the United States. Overall, Christians are far more likely to adopt than any other demographic. A 2013 survey found that 5 percent of practicing Christians in the United States had adopted at least one time, “which is more than twice the number of all adults who have adopted.” At that time, approximately 3 percent of practicing U.S. Christians were foster parents, more than the 2 percent of all U.S. adults who were foster parents.
As Harbaugh noted in a recent speech at a pro-life banquet, he believes in “having the courage to let the unborn be born” despite the inevitable media attention and criticism that comes with that worldview.
“I love life. I believe in having a loving care and respect for life and death. My faith and my science are what drives these beliefs in me. Quoting from Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations,’” Harbaugh said during his speech at a recent Plymouth Right to Life event.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.
Last week, Michigan’s Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed funding for maternity homes, adoption tax credits, and other budget items that assist pregnant women. While post-Dobbs, Whitmer and her fellow Democrats seek to conceal the party’s pro-abortion agenda by pushing state courts to institute the extreme abortion regime they demand, in striking from the budget any spending that has a semblance of supporting the choice of life, Whitmer exposes her party’s abortion-first position.
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe and Casey and held in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that there is no federal constitutional right to abortion, the high court stressed that it was returning the authority to regulate abortion to the people and their elected representatives. While Republican legislators took heed of the high court’s directive proposing, debating, and compromising on bills regulating abortion, Democrats instead flocked to state courts with the hope that activist judges would supplant the will of the people by using their raw judicial power to find a right to abortion in the state constitution—a tactic the pro-abortion left began decades ago in anticipation of the Supreme Court reversing Roe and Casey.
This approach provides Democrats cover to hide behind soundbites such as “health care” and “medical decisions” without staking a public position on specific abortion regulations. Kansas provides a veritable case study of how Democrat lawmakers seek refuge behind the battlement constructed by that state’s Supreme Court out of its 150-plus-year-old constitution.
In 2019, in Hodes and Nauser v. Schmidt, “in response to a lawsuit brought by two abortion providers challenging a state law that criminalized dismemberment abortions—in which live fetuses are killed by being ripped apart limb by limb—the Kansas Supreme Court declared for the first time that the state’s constitution provides a fundamental right to abortion.” While several Democrats voted in favor of the ban on second-trimester D&E, or dilation and evacuation, abortions that were at issue in Hodes, when the Kansas legislature voted to amend the state constitution to overturn Hodes and to put the Value Them Both constitutional amendment on the ballot for the citizens of the state to decide, not one Democrat voted in favor of the amendment.
That Kansas’s supposedly pro-life Democrat lawmakers voted against returning the authority to make laws to regulate abortion to the legislative branch makes no sense, unless they faced demands from the national party to oppose the Value Them Both Amendment. After all, the passage of the Value Them Both Amendment does not institute any specific abortion regulation. All it does is allow the bicameral state legislature to pass such bills as the people’s elected representatives deem appropriate.
While opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment in Kansas by the handful of ostensibly pro-life Democrats is either illogical, hypocritical, or cowardly, the Democrat Party’s position makes eminent sense once one realizes abortion extremism is the party’s mainstream. And post-Dobbs, the only way to hide that reality from the public and enshrine in the law an abortion regime overwhelmingly opposed by the majority of Americans is to make state court justices do the dirty work.
With a vote on Kansas’s Value Them Both Amendment scheduled for just over two weeks away, on Aug. 2, Democrats’ talking points confirm that strategy. “The constitutional amendment on the Kansas ballot will mandate government control over our private medical decisions and pave the way for a total ban on abortion — with no exception for rape, incest or to save the mother’s life,” PBS reported Ashley All, a spokeswoman for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, complaining. “I’m grieving for all the pregnant people who can’t access care,” Dr. Iman Alsaden, the medical director for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, added in an interview with PBS.
The Kansas amendment, however, merely clarifies that there is no state constitutional right to abortion. And while the abortion lobby highlights the possibility that a future Kansas legislature may prohibit abortions, even in cases of rape, incest, or where a mother’s life is at risk, they ignore the reality that under Hodes’ interpretation of the state’s constitution, Kansas’s Supreme Court has dictated an extreme leftist regime of abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason and with taxpayer funding, and with no waiting periods or parental notification. Democrats will have achieved that end without needing to publicly support or vote for such laws, and in turn, will avoid the backlash from voters who believe the state has gone too far.
Conversely, should the constitutional amendment pass, to become law, abortion legislation in Kansas will need to obtain the support of a majority of members of both the House and the Senate, and possibly a super-majority in the event the Democrat governor vetoes the bill. The legislators will be forced to discuss and debate the bill and put their names and their political future behind the righteousness of the proposed abortion regulation. Every election, thereafter, the people’s representatives must face voters and answer for their positions, and if the populace disagrees with the law or finds it too “extreme,” the remedy lies in the ballot box.
Democrats do not want the people to decide abortion policy, however, because they know the populace does not support their party’s extreme abortion-on-demand position, which is why in Kansas, abortion activists pretend a complete abortion ban is on the ballot. Likewise, in Michigan, rather than debate abortion policy and push for legislation to implement the public’s preferences, Whitmer has instead turned to the state Supreme Court to institute an extreme abortion regime through the Michigan constitution, while she and her fellow Democrats sidestep debates over limits on abortions.
In fact, in announcing that she had asked the Michigan Supreme Court to expedite her lawsuit seeking a declaration of a state constitutional right to abortion, Whitmer used nearly identical language to that spoken from the abortion lobby in Kansas. “While politicians in other states rush to ban abortion, even in instances of rape or incest, Michigan must remain a place where a woman’s ability to make her own medical decisions with her trusted health care provider is respected,” Whitmer said in a press release.
What Whitmer won’t tell the public, though, and what she and her fellow Democrats don’t want Michiganders to know, is that they want an abortion regime that permits abortion on demand for any reason until the moment of birth, paid for by taxpayers. And that is precisely what will be installed on the populace if the Michigan Supreme Court finds a right to abortion in the state constitution. Further, by using the Michigan Supreme Court to achieve this end, rather than the legislative process, Democrats can avoid the extremist label.
But while Whitmer’s rhetoric and her use of the judicial system to achieve her ends may mask Democrats’ intent, her line-item vetoes in last week’s 2022-2023 budget make clear where the party stands on abortion, even if she prefers the courts provide the bottom line: It is not about choice or helping women; it is about abortion first.
Whitmer’s stark strike-out from the budget of funds designed to help women choose life or to aid women who have chosen life says it all. The budget items she struck went much beyond assistance to pregnancy resource centers, which since Dobbs have strangely been in Democrats’ crosshairs. Whitmer actually struck $4 million allocated for maternity homes that provide “safe housing and comprehensive support services without charge for pregnant women who are without a safe home and in need.”
Whitmer’s line-item vetoes likewise exposed the revolting truth that Democrats prefer abortion to adoption. Here, the Democrat governor struck $2 million in tax credits to adoptive parents and $10 million designed to provide factual information to pregnant women about adoption as an alternative to abortion, including the birth mother’s ability to establish a pre-birth plan.
No amount of political posturing can overcome the reality seen in the black lines Whitmer used to cross out care for women and their children. And hide as they might behind activist judges, that budget tells the world Whitmer and her fellow Democrats don’t value women, or choice, or health care. They value abortion.
Margot Cleveland is The Federalist’s senior legal correspondent. She is also a contributor to National Review Online, the Washington Examiner, Aleteia, and Townhall.com, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Cleveland is a lawyer and a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned the Hoynes Prize—the law school’s highest honor. She later served for nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cleveland is a former full-time university faculty member and now teaches as an adjunct from time to time. As a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of a young son with cystic fibrosis, Cleveland frequently writes on cultural issues related to parenting and special-needs children. Cleveland is on Twitter at @ProfMJCleveland. The views expressed here are those of Cleveland in her private capacity.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) used her line veto power Wednesday to eliminate state support for adoption agencies, pregnancy facilities, and maternity homes proposed as alternatives to abortion.
Before signing the $76 billion state budget, Whitmer cancelled a $2 million adoption tax credit, $10 million to promote adoption “as an alternative to abortion,” $3 million for a maternal navigator pilot program, and $700,000 for the Real Alternatives pregnancy program, which promotes “childbirth, alternatives to abortion, and grief counseling.”
Whitmer’s budget will, on the other hand, significantly grow state government by adding some 535 full-time positions to the public payroll, the Detroit Free Pressreported, a whopping single-year increase of more than 1.3 percent.
A staunch supporter of Roe v. Wade and a right to abortion-on-demand, Whitmer said she is “pulling out all the stops” to enshrine abortion rights into Michigan state law, which helps explain her hostility to programs designed to offer women choices to abortion.
SHOCK: Embattled Democrat Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation that would have made it a felony to attempt to apply for multiple absentee ballots. https://t.co/w4eUnezyiC
“For three and a half years, the threat of my veto is what has kept Michigan pro-choice, frankly, with the legislature that we have,” Whitmer declared in a July interview with Time magazine.
The Michigan governor said she had also spoken with the Biden Administration urging them “to talk with their Canadian counterparts” to insure that American women can procure abortions in Canada if they become unavailable in the U.S.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade in June, Whitmer filed a motion urging the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately consider her lawsuit asking the court to decide if Michigan’s state constitution protects the right to abortion.
“Today, I filed a motion urging the court to immediately take up my lawsuit to protect abortion in Michigan,” Whitmer said on June 24. “We need to clarify that under Michigan law, access to abortion is not only legal, but constitutionally protected. The urgency of the moment is clear—the Michigan court must act now.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) wants residents to gather together to protest, but her executive order restricting church attendance is still in effect. https://t.co/rD6tdulB8D
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