WATCH: Sunny Hostin Describes Michigan Protest Against Whitmer as “some sort of racist protest”

Thursday on “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin described the “Operation Gridlock” protest against Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer’s policies as “some sort of racist protest.”

Whoopi Goldberg:

Yesterday residents of Michigan, one of the hardest-hit states, defied local distancing regulations to stage protests demanding that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ease restrictions, even chanting ‘lock her up.’ What did y’all make of this when you saw it? What about you, Sunny? Let’s start with you.”

Sunny Hostin:

Well, I was trying to figure out why there were Confederate flags flying around during the — being waved around during this alleged protest just because I couldn’t figure out what that had to do with the coronavirus.

I mean if you are indeed upset about the stay-at-home order, I can understand that because it is probably, I think the most restrictive in the country. People are very concerned about that. I get that. But I guess I just didn’t understand the manner within which it was done.

Everybody was close together. People were getting out of their cars. They were waving the Confederate flag. I thought rather than it becoming sort of a stay-at-home order protest. It seemed to become some sort of racist protest.


DetroitFreePress described the event:

Drivers are flocking to Michigan’s Capitol today in advance of a noon “Operation Gridlock” protest over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest stay home order that was extended to May 1 in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Though the rally begins at noon, drivers are already jamming the streets around the Capitol building as of 11 a.m.

“Everyone, every citizen, every business owner needs to get out of their house, out of their chair and get in their car, or truck, or anything that is legal to drive on taxpayer funded roads. Then drive to Lansing to circle the Michigan Capitol Building,” the Facebook event about the rally said earlier this week. “Come prepared for a traffic jam in Lansing! We WANT gridlock.”

The protest is organized by the the Michigan Conservative Coalition, a group of supporters of President Donald Trump that was founded by state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, and is now run by his wife, Meshawn Maddock.

Here are some tweets from social media about the event.

More than an hour before the “Operation Gridlock” rally, trucks bedecked in flags, pulling boat trailers, sporting hand painted messages on their roofs have gathered around the state Capitol.

A decent amount of protesters are on foot as well.

Massive convoy heading from Lowell to Lansing for . Group is protesting @GovWhitmer extending stay-at-home order through end of April. Saying it violates their rights @wzzm13

Looks like Michigan residents are mighty pissed off. @GovWhitmer

This is the scene outside the MI Capitol in Lansing this morning as demonstrators arrive for a vehicle-based demonstration against the stay-at-home order.

You can watch the protest here.