You would think, given the recent and drastic measures the Democratic governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer has taken with her state’s residents, that she cares little for what other government heads, including President Trump, have to say. However, that isn’t entirely the case. In fact, she just admitted that the President is very much always in her mind.
When recently speaking with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond for “Axios on HBO,” the draconian leader admitted that Trump has so much power over her that she always second-guesses herself, her actions, and her words. For her, the fear is that she will do or say something that he won’t agree or like and, therefore, restrict further funding to her state.
McCammond, during the interview, asked Whitmer what her relationship with the President was like. She asked, “Do you feel like when you’re talking about the president publicly, you have to censor yourself for the sake of continuing to receive federal assistance?”
Whitmer responded with a very positive, “Yes.”
She was then asked if she had always felt that way.
To which Whitmer replied, “Listen, the worst night sleep that I’ve gotten in the last 10 weeks is when he has attacked me on Twitter.”
Now, it’s evident by the wording used here the two women are trying to imply there is reason to fear our commander in chief, almost as though he is holding them hostage to some degree and not allowing them to act, say, or even think what they want.
But in doing so, Whitmer has essentially admitted that he might be the only person who can get her to do what is right for her state and its occupants.
No other state has taken quite the drastic measures that Michigan has during the coronavirus pandemic.
While being a little late to jump on the bandwagon, Whitmer has since imposed laws and regulations that are literally starving her constituents and stripping them of their constitutional rights.
Along with the usual type of stay at home orders, Whitmer ordered all flooring, paint, and garden centers to close. Residents couldn’t travel to their vacation homes, let alone across the street to the neighbors for a cup of sugar.
And while many states have begun a slow process of opening their economy and businesses back up, Whitmer has essentially said that nothing would change in Michigan until a vaccine was found and available. In fact, she hasn’t given her residents even the slightest indication of when or how the process of reopening would go.
As a result, she has garnered much criticism, with protests being held in the streets outside her Lansing office and case after case of business owners defying her orders just to get food on their tables.
And with American citizens drowning in debt and forced to endure months and months of no income, President Trump has taken notice and called Whitmer out a few times. In April, he tweeted, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”
In early May, he told the nation and the world that the governor needed to “give a little, and put out the fire.” Trump incited that she “make a deal” with her citizens and begin the process of giving them their “lives back again, safely!”
He also criticized her support of the vote-by-mail idea that is taking over the nation, saying that her sending out of absentee ballot applications was done “illegally and without authorization.” And much to her fear, he did threaten to suspend the federal assistance she is so worried about losing.
And while it is unlikely that Trump would make the citizens of Michigan suffer for their leader’s poor decisions, his words, as she admitted to McCammond, have much weight to them. Never before has an American president been able to throw aside the usual constraints of politics and still be able to get things done for the nation.
Whitmer and her Democratic cohorts know this and understand that Trump will and can hold them accountable for their actions.
Can you imagine what kind of restraints Whitmer would have put in place in her state if Trump wasn’t our President? With no one to get under her skin or in her head, she would be even more the draconian empress she already strives to be.