As Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) scandals continue to linger, she’s speaking out to whine about the sexism that she claims is in the Michigan Capitol.
“It’s really depressing, honestly,” Whitmer told Bridge Magazine. “This culture hasn’t changed. This isn’t new. What is new is that there’s a bold set of women in the workforce that aren’t going to take it. They are documenting and they are speaking their truths, and that I find a great deal of inspiration in.”
She went on to claim that female elected officials face higher numbers of death threats, and to call on other women to speak out.
“It is a dangerous, vitriolic moment and yet I don’t think any of us can bite our tongue,” Whitmer said, adding that women need to “insist on justice.”
This comes as Whitmer continues to be under fire for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Over 5,600 elderly Michiganders died in nursing homes after she ordered COVID-19 patients to be put into these longterm care facilities. She is also in hot water over the secret agreement her administration struck with former Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon to maintain confidentiality about his time in her government.
State Rep. Daire Rendon (R) told Breitbart News it was “convenient” that Whitmer chose to whine about sexism right now.
“She always uses her gender as a fallback to defend herself and play the victim,” Rendon said. “Truth is, she made those decisions on her own, and she cannot find any other reason to shift the blame and deflect the spotlight.”
State Sen. Lana Theis (R), chairwoman of the Senate Insurance and Banking Committee, as well as the Education and Career Readiness Committee, agreed with this.
“As with anything in life, context is key. The governor’s comment was political – she’s name calling to fit a political narrative, painting herself as the victim to excuse her lack of interaction with the legislature from the very beginning,” Theis said. “She’s trying to win hearts and minds and, thus, sympathy, headlines and votes. To blankly state that the Capitol is rife with sexism ignores reality.”
“The three top elected officials in Michigan are women,” she added. “Female lawmakers like myself serve as chairwomen of numerous committees, addressing the most important issues of our time. Female legislators were elected by both male and female colleagues to positions of leadership within our own caucuses. A significant number of legislators’ most trusted advisors – their chiefs of staff — are women.”
“The evidence does not support her accusations,” Theis continued. “This is not to say that there aren’t sexist individuals – of course there are – but having so many women in positions of leadership within the institution flatly debunks the claim. Passions run deep in this business and one must be able to handle the criticisms that come with it – not just dole them out. The easiest thing to do politically these days is for someone to blame sexism for their own lack of ability to work with people.”