‘Its Time To Put That Damn Thing In A Shredder’ – Did Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer Say This Quote About The Constitution?

Matt Noel | Fact Check Reporter

A viral Facebook post claims Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, “Now is not the time to live by the Constitution, its (sic) time to put that Damn thing in a shredder.”

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that Whitmer said the comment.

Fact Check:

Whitmer has become a popular target for misinformation amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This particular post claims Whitmer suggested the Constitution should be shredded.

“Now is not the time to live by the Constitution,” the post credits Whitmer with saying. “Its time to put that Damn thing in a shredder.” (RELATED: Does This Photo Show Joe Biden And Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer Violating Social Distancing Guidelines?)

There is, however, no record of the Michigan governor ever making the remark. A search of Whitmer’s verified social media accounts turned up no matches. Nor has any credible media outlet quoted her as saying the comment.

“This is completely false information,” a spokesperson for Whitmer told PolitiFact. “Posts like these are being spread across social media platforms to create rumors and fear.”

As of press time, the new coronavirus has sickened over 1.6 million people and killed nearly 99,000 others in the U.S., per the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Michigan has reported over 55,100 confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,200 deaths to date, according to data from the state’s official website.

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