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'We are not one another's enemy,' Whitmer and Snyder say on a tense day

January 06, 2021, 6:16 PM

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her 2011-19 predecessor, Republican Rick Snyder, speak out together to condemn a takeover of the U.S. Capitol by backers of Donald Trump during Wednesday’s joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College victory by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Michigan had a visible presence Wednesday at the Capitol. (Photo: CNN

It's "time to put this election behind us," the Democratic governor said. "We must unify as one nation to defeat our real enemy, which is the pandemic. ... Let's move forward together."

The governor, targeted by accused kidnap-murder plotters last fall, adds: "Violence, vandalism and insurrection have no place in this great country of ours. We are a nation of laws, not mobs."

In the combined statement, Snyder says in part:

"While we come from different backgrounds and political parties, Governor Whitmer and I share a deep love for our country. We must always remember that we are Americans first, and we are not one another's enemy.”

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