Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) played the blame game over the weekend when she was asked about the spike of COVID-19 cases in her state.
During a press conference and in interviews, Whitmer blamed former President Donald Trump, the Michigan Supreme Court, the Republican-controlled legislature, once-compliant residents, and even people coming back from spring break for the increase in coronavirus cases.
In an MSNBC interview, Whitmer was asked if she had the “political ability” regress and put new restrictions in place in Michigan. She then took this opportunity to place blame on her political opponents for the COVID-19 spike.
“I was sued by the Republican legislature here in Michigan. I lost in the Supreme Court. It was a Republican-dominated Supreme Court. I lost some of those executive powers,” she said. “We do retain some powers, but we are so incredibly divided after, I think, the politics of the last 14 months.”
Whitmer was referring to when Trump slammed Whitmer’s handling of this pandemic during the presidential election last year.
Gov. Whitmer on whether she has the political ability to slow Michigan's Covid surge:
"We are so incredibly divided after the politics of the last 14 months. … I’m still trying to get the legislator to deploy resources that the Trump administration sent us." pic.twitter.com/eWMjK4H5gL
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) April 16, 2021
During an interview on Sunday, Whitmer even elderly Michigan residents as well as families who left the state for spring break.
“This is the time of year that snowbirds come home from Florida, where people are going on spring break, and all of these things can contribute to spread,” Whitmer said, offering no evidence to back this up.
“Snowbirds” is a term used for residents who spend the winter months in Florida or other warm states.
During a press conference, Whitmer told the media that her state does not have a “policy problem,” but rather a “compliance problem,” according to the Detroit News. “We were quite successful compared to the rest of the country.”
“At this point, we are now 14 months in and people are tired. Every single one of us is tired. I’m tired. Dr. J is tired of this,” she added, referring to Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, her chief medical adviser.
Other Michigan lawmakers are desperately trying to deflect blame as well. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently blamed “county prosecutors, sheriffs, police chiefs, and Republican office holders” for the increase in cases.
“The result is that our state now finds itself in the unenviable but predictable position of having the worst rates of new infections in the nation,” Nessel said. “I have long compared this situation to that of a serial murderer on the loose but instead of helping to track down the killer, law enforcement announces that efforts by the government to have residents lock their doors and windows is a tyrannical action.”
Whitmer became infamous this year for enacting some of the strictest COVID-19 measure in the country on her state. Clearly, her efforts only served to backfire in a big way.