Whitmer is not the only Democratic governor to be sued pursuant to a lockdown. In March, a federal lawsuit was filed against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) by Brooklyn resident Lee Nigen, who objects to Cuomo’s threat to use law enforcement personnel to coerce compliance. As Nigen’s attorney told the New York Post, “Clearly, there is a grave public health emergency.… But lawful process matters and emergency orders of this sort, if left unchallenged, will evolve into precedents with horrifying consequences.” Nigen’s lawsuit touches on an issue that will come up again. On March 23, Gov. Cuomo imposed an indefinite ban on large gatherings, an outrageous violation of the constitutional right of free assembly.
When April 30 rolls around, Americans will have had enough of living under house arrest while their livelihoods evaporate and it becomes obvious that the fatality projections upon which their Democratic governors based Draconian stay-at-home orders were wild exaggerations based on statistically meaningless data. Cynical partisans like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Gretchen Whitmer, and Andrew Cuomo will neither be able to keep their constituents imprisoned in their homes nor retain their trust. Trump’s instincts will have been vindicated, and he will leverage his advantages as an incumbent to convince the voters not to fall for any further Democratic skulduggery.