Karl Manke, a 77-year-old barber in Owosso, Michigan, just scored yet another victory over Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel in court—the second time in one week.
Judge Matthew Stewart ruled in Manke’s favor, saying that he will not need to close down his barbershop after the state failed to prove once again that he posed an imminent danger to public health, according to The Argus-Press. Stewart pointed out that the state of Michigan did not arrest Manke when he was cited, therefore he was not “an imminent health danger.”
“[The attorney general] has not presented any studies underlying the doctor’s conclusion. [The attorney general] has not shown any nexus between the cutting of hair and an increased risk of transmission,” Stewart wrote, according to the Detroit Free Press. “[The attorney general’s] filings rest more on general facts about COVID-19 than specific practices or conditions at [Manke’s] business.”
This comes after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspended Manke’s license without holding a hearing. “It’s an unbelievable abuse of power,” attorney David Kallman told radio host Steve Gruber, adding that there is no legal basis for the action. “This is pure retribution by the governor’s office and by the AG. This is so petty and vindictive, it’s beyond the pale.”
Nessel’s office has already fired back by saying that she will be appealing the judge’s ruling. The attorney general also spoke out to publicly blast Manke herself. “We want him to discontinue his conduct, which we think is aiding and abetting the spread of the virus,” Nessel said.
“Mr. Manke,” she sighed, “He’s not a hero, he’s not a patriot. A patriot is a person that fights all enemies, foreign and domestic, and does everything possible to protect his fellow countrymen and countrywomen. To me, Mr. Manke is doing just the opposite of that and he’s being selfish in his behavior.”
Manke represents the millions of Americans who are sick and tired of their overbearing Democrat leaders trying to control every aspect of their lives amidst this pandemic. His victory in court is a victory for all of us, and should send a message to Democrat leaders everywhere that they will not get away with using this crisis to force their own political agendas upon us.