Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) unleashed a barrage of insults against a 77-year-old barber who dared to reopen his shop during her state's strict extended coronavirus lockdown, and even went so far as to declare that the elderly man is "not a patriot."
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Barber Karl Manke reopened his Owosso shop for business last week in violation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) ongoing lockdown orders, saying that he had to make a living and insisting that his business would remain open until "Jesus comes."
Despite being hit with citations, a restraining order, and the suspension of his license, the elderly barber continues to cut hair in defiance of the government's prohibition of his work.
During an interview with WWMT-TV, Nessel lambasted Manke for not bowing to the dictates of the state.
After being asked whether she had plans to arrest Manke, Nessel replied, "No, we don't have any plans to do that. Listen, we're not looking to throw people in jail, and that is—to me—a very, very, very last resort. We want him to discontinue his conduct, which we think is aiding and abetting the spread of the virus."
Then Nessel added:
If I can just say, you know, Mr. Manke, he's not a hero to me. He's not a patriot. A patriot is a person that fights all enemies to our country, foreign and domestic, and does everything possible to protect his fellow countrymen and countrywomen. And to me, Mr. Manke is doing just the opposite of that. And he's being selfish in his behavior in that what he's doing is allowing the virus to spread.
The attorney general went on to express concern that Manke was not practicing adequate social distancing measures, and suggested again that he was spreading the virus because customers were coming from several different counties to have him cut their hair.