A town in Cibola County New Mexico with a population of just over 9,000 in the 2010 Census, is defying the governor’s order of a lockdown, and will reopen for business, with the mayor throwing out a challenge, “Let the state police come down here.”

Democratic Mayor Martin Hicks of Grants, New Mexico, has complained the Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham is using “Gestapo” tactics in her draconian measures of a lockdown in the town.

Hicks has instructed local businesses to open on Monday, April 27, despite a lockdown being put in place by Lujan-Grisham until May 15, complaining the lockdown is destroying local business, reported BPR. “The governor is killing us! She’s totally killing us,” Hicks said on Thursday.

Democratic Mayor Martin Hicks of Grants, New Mexico. (screenshot BPR)

“So we have no choice. Right now, we are reopening. Let the State Police come down here,” he said.

“On Monday, we are reopening Grants. We are going to follow the CDC guidelines. We are going to do the social distancing, but we will be open for business even though that is against the governor’s executive order.”

With 80 local businesses having to close due to the governor’s order, Grant is not concerned about what the repercussions from her could be, as he says the order is destroying the town.

“I am prepared to take whatever she wants to give me because she is already killing us anyway,” Hicks said. “What is she going to do that she hasn’t already done to us? She has taken all of our jobs! What is she going to do—come put me in jail?”

“I’ve told businesses to call 911 if State Police show up to their place,” Hicks said. “We are going to stop Lujan-Grisham and her Gestapo.”

The governor’s response to Hicks was strong, she lashed out at the reference he made comparing her to Hitler and the Gestapo. “To compare an elected official making difficult decisions to protect the public health of all New Mexicans to Hitler is disgusting. We condemn it in the strongest possible manner.
The world recently observed Holocaust Remembrance Day, and to make such a horrifying and misguided comparison while New Mexicans are taking action to protect themselves and their communities from a terrible virus is beyond the pale.”

New Mexico has so far attributed 2,660 cases and 93 deaths to the CCP Virus. Given these statistics, why is the entire state of more than 2 million in lockdown until May 15?

Numerous medical experts say it’s unhealthy for people to remain in lockdown, and doing so actually increases your chances of contracting the CCP Virus.

Tony Mace, the Cibola County sheriff, told the Washington Examiner he agrees with the idea of reopening business in town. “I understand where the mayor is coming from. I get it,” Mace said.