The president attacked Michigan’s Gov., the same way he did with the San Juan Mayor after they criticized his response to the emergencies.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz have at least two things in common: direct confrontations with President Trump and T-Shirts with one of his ‘diminishing’ quotes.
The governor has been compared to the Puerto Rican capital mayor, after she criticized the presidential administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak describing it as “slow” and “mind-boggling,” on an MSNBC interview.
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She was specifically referring to Trump’s comments on Monday, March 16th, when during a conference call with several governors the President told them that they were on their own when it came to stocking up on gear such as respirators and ventilators.
Michigan’s first COVID-19 cases were confirmed on March 11. Whitmer, already had declared a state of emergency, shut down schools and businesses, banned large gatherings, and ordered citizens to shelter-in-place.
But when the death toll started to increase the governor asked Washington for help, and then criticized the White House response. The state is among the hardest hit, with nearly 38,210 cases and more than 3,407 deaths as of April 29.
Those criticisms unleashed the President’s anger and since then, he has fired fury and insult-laden tweets towards Whitmer, as he did with Yulín Cruz in 2017 following Hurricane María.
During his press briefing on March 27, Trump said he told Vice President Mike Pence, who has been leading the coronavirus task force, not to talk to those governors who haven’t been “appreciative” of the administration. “Don’t call the woman in Michigan,” Trump said he told Pence.
The hashtag “#ThatwomanfromMichigan” became a trending topic on Twitter.
During her participation in Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on April 1st, Whitmer wore a T-Shirt that read “That woman from Michigan.”
When Noah asked her about the fight and referred to Trump declaration as a “dismissive statement” she answered:
“I don’t think any of us has the energy to deal with politics right now. All of our energy, all of our focus has to be meeting the needs of our people.”
Some argue that Trump is attacking her not only for her response to the emergency, but also because the Democrats are considering her as a potential candidate for vice-president in the upcoming elections.
The exchange of attacks and direct responses between Whitmer and the President has been compared to those Trump had with Yulín Cruz, after she said he had an inadequate response to the damage caused by Hurricane María in September of 2017.
“The crazed and incompetent Mayor of San Juan has done such a poor job of bringing the Island back to health,” was one of the several tweets Trump dedicated to Yulín.
Trump said Yulín Cruz was “nasty” to him. Since then the major of San Juan, wore a T-Shirt with that world prominently displayed in some interviews she gave to stations like Univision and MSNBC.
The Mayor wasn’t the first woman that Trump called nasty. He previously used that term with, then opponent, Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate prior to the 2016 elections. After that, Nasty Woman became a viral term of feminist resistance.
Yulín Cruz recently criticized the Trump administration again after she claimed that no one in Puerto Rico has received their coronavirus stimulus checks as the island battles the pandemic. The Mayor even said Trump “is harmful to your health” in criticism of his suggestion to use disinfectants as a cure for COVID-19.