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Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has apparently caved to demands by outraged citizens to lift restrictions and reopen the state so they can return to work.

Whitmer angered voters when she locked down the state and banned travel between residences. Family members were not allowed to visit each other, and police were ordered to arrest violators.

Whitmer said on Good Morning America on Friday that she hoped to reopen the state by May 1. That is the date that President Donald Trump ordered all governors to reopen their states to avoid collapsing the economy.

"I do hope to have some relaxing come May 1st, but it's two weeks away, and the information, the data and our ability to test is changing so rapidly. It's hard to tell you precisely where we'll be one week from now, let alone two weeks from now," she said.

Whitmer changed her stance and plans to relax her draconian rules after thousands of residents took to the streets in protest this week.

Additionally, four sheriffs said they would not enforce Whitmer's stay-at-home policy because she was "overstepping" her executive authority.

"Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the US Constitution, and to ensure that your God-given rights are not violated," the sheriffs said in a joint statement. "We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties... As sheriffs of this community, we want you to know we have your back and will continue to serve the people who entrusted us with your protection."

Protesters in Virginia, North Carolina and Minnesota disrupted traffic and marched in the streets. President Trump showed support for the demonstrators on

Minnesota's Democratic Governor Tim Walz also caved to protests in his state. Residents are allowed to go fishing, boating, hunting and hiking as long as they maintain a safe distance.

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Pro-Trump demonstrators took part in a protest for "Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine" at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday, April 15.

The protesters are upset with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's draconian measures that include a stay-at-home order and no travel between residences to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Hundreds protested on foot while many more protested in their cars in what they call "Operation Gridlock."

As of Saturday, residents are prohibited from visiting friends and family and they must stay in their homes 24-hours-a-day except to go grocery shopping or to visit their doctor.

Only essential items can be sold in grocery stores or big box stores like Home Depot or Lowes in Michigan. Many employees have been furloughed as a result of the loss in foot traffic.

Demonstrators referred to Whitmer as a "dictator," and they criticized her heavy handed restrictions across the state.

Activists say Whitmer is doing the most to impress presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden so he will pick her as his VP.

A petition to impeach Whitmer drew over 100,000 signatures online.

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Despite the protests, Whitmer defended her aggressive stance.

"Not one of us wants to go through this again, not in a month, not in the fall," Whitmer told ABC News.

"I want you to have your freedom. I want to have mine, too. We will get to a place where we can be with our friends and family again. It's OK to be frustrated, it's OK to be angry. If it makes you feel better to direct it at me, that's OK, too. I've got thick skin ... I just ask that those who are protesting these orders, do so in a safe manner so that you don't get sick and you don't subject our first responders to risk either."


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