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U-M Regent Calls Supreme Court Justices 'Stooges,' Blames Them For COVID Deaths

One of two candidates nominated by Democrats for statewide position in 2018

The Vice Chair of the University of Michigan Board of Regents called Republican Supreme Court judges “stooges” in a tweet on Saturday and blamed them for COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Jordan Acker, from Huntington Woods, a 2018 Democratic candidate for regent, posted the remark in response to the state of Michigan announcing 3,300 positive COVID-19 test results on Saturday.

"It is not an exaggeration that 'Justice' Markman and the other Republican stooges on the court are responsible for the sickness and death caused by their ruling to strip the Governor of her power," Acker tweeted.

On Friday Oct. 2, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders were unlawful and unconstitutional.

On Monday Oct. 5, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services imposed most of Whitmer’s executive order restrictions and requirements via an emergency order, citing authority granted by the state’s Public Health Code.

Acker was one of two candidates nominated by the Democratic Party in 2018 for an eight-year term on the board, as specified by the state constitution.

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