Michigan Lawmaker May Be Censured For A Simple Thank You

(ThePatriotSource.Com)- It’s not often that President Donald Trump endears himself to politicians across the aisle, but he certainly has done so with a state politician in Michigan.
State Representative Karen Whitsett, a Democrat, is receiving a lot of backlash from people in her party, and even may face censure, because she thanked Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their coronavirus response.
Specifically, Whitsett was thankful for their push of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus. Whitsett, who was infected but has recovered from COVID-19, took the anti-malaria drug during her treatment, saying it “saved my life.”
Appearing on a Fox News program earlier in April, Whitsett talked about the drug:
“I really want to say that you have to give this an opportunity. For me, it saved my life. I only can go by what it is that I have gone through and what my story is, and I can’t speak for anyone else. So, that’s not what I’m trying to do here. I’m only speaking for myself.”
According to a report from the Detroit News, Whitsett thanked the president for pushing the drug during many of his White House press briefings. But she said she didn’t realize that doing so would cause such a backlash.
“I did not know that saying thank you had a political line,” she said. “I’m telling my story and my truth, and this is how I feel, and these are my words.”
The News reported that a group called the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization is considering censuring Whitsett for thanking Trump and Pence.
The situation has gotten a lot of attention outside of just Michigan and the Democratic Party. Yesterday, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, re-tweeted the Detroit News story about Whitsett, and Trump took the opportunity to comment, tweeting:
“Disgraceful. Should join the Republican Party!”
Mentioning Trump’s name in any way other than negatively is blasphemy to most Democrats. So, even though Whitsett was expressing her right to free speech and showing simple humility and humanity, the local party wants to make sure she knows that’s not acceptable to them. Their stance is basically: “Talk ill of the president, no matter what, or be condemned by our party.”
Whitsett isn’t the only Democrat to receive backlash recently for saying nice things about Trump and the Republicans. Just this week, Georgia state Representative Vernon Jones reversed his decision to resign after he was pressured by Democrats to do so. Democrats in his state were enraged that Jones said he supports Trump.
In announcing a change in heart, Jones said:
“I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission. I will not let them win. I will NOT resign.”
And in December, U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew from New Jersey said he would be switching to the Republican Party because he believed other Democrats’ views on Trump and their arguments for impeaching him were “thin” and “weak.”