It’s an old and reliable saw that all politicians lie, but every now and then an elected official steps up and unleashes a whopper so outrageous that it causes the most jaded of eyebrows to rise. Michigan Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, take a bow. Appearing on CNN Feb. 12, Whitmer was asked about Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the possible threat he posed to Democrats in 2024. Here’s how she replied:
“I don’t really know Ron DeSantis, so it’s hard for me to say anything real substantiative, other than I’ll say this: when I took my oath of office, I took an oath to be the governor for all of the people of Michigan. I don’t wage culture wars. I fight culture wars because I’m focused on solving problems. I think it’s incredibly destructive when people just try to pit others against one another, stoke fear. I think that’s a really destructive way to lead.”
So says the woman who has ceaselessly wielded the PC buzzwords of the cultural left like a verbal machete throughout her gubernatorial tenure, which began in January 2019, and well before then.
Whitmer on COVID Protesters
Whitmer oversaw one of the strictest coronavirus social-curb regimes of any US state. The “governor for all the people of Michigan” let it be known that she did not care to be criticized by any of them over the matter. In May 2020, she took to national network television to viciously slander Michiganders who dared to hold a rally against her COVID measures at the steps of the state capitol.
“Unfortunately, right now in Michigan, we see a small number of people … it looks large on television, but when you think about [it] this is a state of 10 million people, this is a small contingent that came out and made political statements. They carried nooses and Confederate flags and swastikas,” she told NBC News in an interview.
Whitmer on Pretty Much Everybody She Doesn’t Like
Demonizing those who do not share her political views is a Whitmer specialty. In March 2022, The Detroit Free Press reported on a speech she gave at a black church in the city. See if you can spot all the culture-war Easter eggs in the not-so-tall grass:
“‘There is no question that misogyny and racism and anti-Semitism … is on the rise in our country and in our state,’ Whitmer said at a meeting of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, one of the largest faith groups in Michigan ….
“Whitmer claimed that her opponents are ‘also recruiting people to the polls who are intent on undermining Black and Brown voters, who are intent on intimidating voters’ …
“Whitmer also touched upon the issue of abortion, saying women who are poor and women of color will suffer more now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. She spoke of being assaulted when she was a freshman at Michigan State University.
“‘As a survivor of sexual assault … it dawned on me that I could find myself pregnant with the fetus of my attacker,’ Whitmer said.”
Whitmer first gained prominence in Michigan politics in 2011, when she became Minority Leader of a then-Republican-controlled state Senate. She soon began playing the gender victim card to the hilt, using it to gain the recognition that would eventually allow her to run for governor.
Whitmer on Republican Men
In January 2012, Whitmer penned an op-ed for The Detroit Free Press declaring that sexism was running wild inside the Michigan Senate. “With its ‘boys will be boys’ mentality, the good ol’ boys network in Lansing has gotten out of hand and must stop,” Whitmer wrote. “A strong woman is NOT a b****. A successful woman is NOT a hooker or a gold-digger. A compassionate woman is NOT overly sensitive and thin-skinned. And a passionate woman is NOT shrill.”
She also used the term “Neanderthal quotient” in describing her GOP opponents in the chamber.
Are you seeing a pattern here?
Here’s Where It Gets Dangerous
Whitmer’s administration has attempted to strong-arm the agenda of the cultural left into all walks of Michigan life. Her attorney general, Dana Nessel, is considered by many to be one of the most radical Democrats in a position of authority anywhere in the United States today.
Under the encouraging eye of Nessel’s department, local Michigan county prosecutor’s officers are avidly practicing politically partisan law enforcement. The use of “hate-crime modifiers” to more severely punish lawbreakers has long been hailed by leftists as a needed policing tool against violent crime. In Michigan, Nessel has taken this one step further, encouraging prosecutors to use the modifier against “low-level” offenders as a preventive measure against future crimes yet to be committed.
“Michigan’s ethnic intimidation law of 1988 makes it a two-year felony to intimidate or harass people because of their race, color, religion, gender or national origin through physical contact, property damage or threats,” The Detroit News reported in April 2019.
“Prosecutors often use the statute to seek longer sentences for individuals who also committed other lower-level crimes, Nessel said, telling lawmakers that keeping hate crime offenders under court supervision for a longer period can help prevent more serious violations,” the paper noted.
“What we call it in the business is basically murder prevention,” Nessel asserted.
That stance may explain why Nessel in March 2022 called Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton a “walking hate crime” because he referred to biological male transgender Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine as a man.
Now combine this mindset with Whitmer’s repeated smearing of political foes of all stripes as noose-carrying Neanderthal sexist bigots, and it makes one wonder what this most belligerent of non-culture warriors has in mind for those she believes stand in her way.
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