The President of the United States, the man entrusted with guiding the American people through this frightening pandemic, is actively making things worse for the people he swore an oath to defend. As states struggle to stem the spread of the coronavirus despite the lack of sufficient federal guidance and material assistance, Trump is lashing out at governors and constantly shifting blame every which way but towards himself.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) has quickly become one of Trump’s favorite targets, hardly a surprising development given his long history of delighting in demeaning and attacking women. He disparaged Whitmer by saying he’s having issues with “the young, a woman governor, you know who I’m talking about, from Michigan.” Whitmer responded to the putdown with poise and aplomb.
Last night, Trump went on Sean Hannity’s right-wing propaganda program and slammed Whitmer again, accusing her of failing to execute her duties and stating that she “doesn’t know what’s going on.”
Trump bashes Gov. Inslee and Gov. Whitmer (whose name he can’t remember), then suggests he might not approve a disaster declaration requested by Michigan because Whitmer has complained about the federal response pic.twitter.com/iaencGQUgG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 27, 2020
Engaging in this kind of petty partisan attack on a governor working her hardest to save the lives of her citizens would be bad enough on its own, but Whitmer revealed in a new interview with WWJ News Radio that there might be something even more sinister at play. For some reason, amidst all these attacks from the president, her state is having difficulties getting their medical equipment orders filled.
“What I’ve gotten back is that vendors with whom we’ve procured contracts — They’re being told not to send stuff to Michigan. It’s really concerning, I reached out to the White House last night and asked for a phone call with the president, ironically at the time this stuff was going on,” she recounted.
Whitmer called Trump’s attack on her “distressing” but refused to stoop to his level by going after him personally.
“I’ve been uniquely singled out. I don’t go into personal attacks, I don’t have time for that, I don’t have energy for that, frankly. All of our focus has to be on COVID-19,” Whitmer said, displaying all of the leadership and professionalism that Donald Trump so sorely lacks.
“We need help, and at the very least we don’t need people standing in our way of getting it,” she added.
Hopefully, for the sake of the people of Michigan, Trump is not directly interfering with the medical supply chain to penalize a state because of his own personal dislike for its duly elected governor, but with this man, it’s impossible to be sure. His recent comments that federal aid would go to states that “treat us well” lend credence to the disturbing theory.
In any case, this entire sordid affair is just one more reason amidst the countless already compiled as to why it’s imperative that Donald Trump is voted out of the White House this November.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 27, 2020
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.