Ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig Announces He Will Run in 2022 to Evict Governor Gretchen Whitmer
- Craig led the Detroit Police Department for eight years until last month
- He announced an exploratory commission on Wednesday for Tucker Carlson’s show
- “We know what happened last year when other cities were on fire,” he said
- He criticized Whitmer for following ‘different rules’ and for Covid lockdowns
Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for Michigan governor in an effort to “take back the state” from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Craig praised his ability to keep Detroit in order after the 2020 murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor sparked social justice protests, some of which turned violent.
“We know what happened last year when other cities were on fire,” he told Tucker Carlson on his Fox News show Wednesday night.
Protesters clash with Chicago police on May 30, 2020 after the murder of George Floyd
A New York police van was set on fire during Black Lives Matter protests on May 30, 2020
“We know Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago – but Detroit didn’t burn.”
“Amen,” Carlson replied.
A police station was set on fire in Minneapolis and cars were set on fire in Washington, DC last year in response to footage of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Chauvin was later sentenced to 22 years in prison for kneeling on Floyd’s neck until he could no longer breathe.
A man in an Elmo mask dances at a fire in Philadelphia on May 25, 2020 during protests
Ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig To Appear At A Press Conference In April 2020
Looting was reported in several cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
On May 29, 2020, Detroit police arrested 60 people and killed one man during protests in the city, according to WDIV-TV.
Activist groups were given a temporary restraining order against Craig’s department after allegations of “beating, tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, sound guns, flash grenades, chokeholds and mass arrests for no probable cause.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (center) has been criticized for ignoring her own social distancing rules
The recently retired chief was chief of police in the state’s largest city for eight years from 2013 to June 1. Prior to that, he spent two years as a police chief in Cincinnati, Ohio and Portland, Oregon.
Whitmer, a Democrat, won the governorship with 53 percent of the vote in 2018.
“She follows different rules,” Craig, a Republican, said Wednesday.
The Democratic governor was elected in 2018 with 53 percent of the vote
Whitmer took part in a protest march in June 2020, with some state Republicans criticizing her for violating her own office’s social distancing rules from Covid-19.
Craig repeatedly urged viewers to visit the website for his exploration committee, ChiefJamesCraig.com
He also criticized the governor’s coronavirus-related restrictions.
“I can’t help but think about the small businesses that are suffering from the pandemic,” he said. “Now we want to give them handouts and companies can’t even hire staff.”
Carlson seemed to support his guest’s run, adding that he’s never seen a “nagging, less competent victim” than Gretchen.
“When it came down to it, you kept it safe and I think that really matters,” Carlson told the former chief.
The host also joked about what Democrats would say about Craig’s stance.
“Wait until they call you a white supremacist,” he said.