Dana Nessel, the Democratic Attorney General of Michigan, revealed over the weekend that political considerations influenced her decision to arrest a defiant restaurant owner in her state.
On Sunday, the attorney general issued a statement on Twitter about the arrest of Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, a restaurant owner from Holland, Michigan, who was targeted by state officials for continuing to run her company in breach of the coronavirus guidelines.
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Pavlos-numerous Hackney’s health violations were cited in the statement, but Nessel did not shy away from addressing other political factors that contributed to her detention, including an appearance by the restaurant owner on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and her similarity to former President Donald Trump. The following is what the attorney general has to say (emphasis added):
Marlena Pavlos-Hackney had many chances to follow even the most basic health and safety guidelines in order to protect her group from the spread of COVID-19.
She chose to taunt health inspectors, law enforcement, and the courts at every level, instead of making even the tiniest effort to protect her customers, employees, and society. She went on Tucker Carlson and set up a lucrative GoFundMe account instead of making even the tiniest effort to protect her customers, workers, and community. She is neither a martyr nor a hero. One cannot help Ms. Pavlos-actions Hackney’s when repeating the “Law and Order” mantra. But it’s no surprise that you respect this woman if you applauded Donald Trump as he boasted about how he avoided military service while others served their legal obligations.
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Marlena Pavlos-Hackney had countless opportunities to comply with even the most basic health and safety protocols to protect her community from the spread of Covid. She defied her local health department and the court at every turn; read the full of timeline of events here: pic.twitter.com/vqsaXhGpdT
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) March 21, 2021
Pavlos-Hackney had continued to run her restaurant under court orders, despite having her food license revoked for refusing to require masks or social distancing in her establishment. Authorities then took her into custody last week, threatening her with 93 days in prison for criminal contempt.
Carlson responded to Nessel’s comment on Wednesday, calling her a “out of reach” ideologue who “just cares about partisan advantage.”
“She’s just a little bit of a dimmer. “Not a genius,” the anchor clarified. “As a result, when asked why she imprisoned Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, Nessel actually admitted the true explanation…
She said flatly that Marlena Pavlos-Hackney had dared to complain about her on this show at 8:00 p.m. This is no longer permitted.”
“To make matters worse, Pavlos-Hackney attempted to collect funds for her own legal defense.” In Dana Nessel’s Michigan, that, too, is now a felony,” Carlson added.
Via a GoFundMe website, Pavlos-Hackney has raised over $275,000 to cover legal costs.