- The Washington Times
Friday, November 20, 2020

Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, apologized Thursday for getting “caught up in the moment” and blasting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan as a “dictatorship.”

“I’m so over it. I’m over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan,” Mrs. Stafford initially stated in a video posted on Instagram. “I understand there’s a pandemic, and I understand it’s very scary. I am scared of it, too. If you are at risk, do not leave your house until there’s a vaccine.

“But shutting down all these small businesses — things that people have worked their life for — shutting them down again is not the answer, because they will not make it,” she continued. “So once we are able to leave our house, once this dictatorship decides to let us have some freedom, there will be nothing left.”

“I do not like living in a place where they tell me what I can and cannot do,” she added.

Several hours later, Mrs. Stafford apologized for her use of words.

“All right, y’all, here’s what I do best: Coming back to apologize, after I read some of your things and I get grounded a little bit,” she said on Instagram, CNN reported.

“I’m really sorry. I was in the heat of the moment,” she said. “I have a friend losing her business. It’s just getting to me a little bit, so I apologize for calling it a dictatorship — probably a not so smart use of words. But yeah, I just want it to work for everybody, and I know it’s not going to work for everybody, and it just kills me to see people suffer a financial burden from losing their business, and also from getting sick. But I don’t know — I apologize.”

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