UNITED STATES−Representative Karen Whitsett from Michigan came under fire by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and the Michigan Democratic party after thanking President Donald Trump for announcing the benefits of Hydroxychloroquine that aided in saving her life.
Whitsett and other COVID-19 survivors were invited to meet with Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump. “Thank you for everything that you have done,” said Whitsett. “I did not know that saying thank you had a political line… I thought just saying thank you, meant, ‘thank you.’”
The Democratic 13th Congressional District of Detroit plans to censure Whitsett for, “breaking protocol,” by meeting with the President of the United States.
“At the end of the day, we have political systems. We have political parties, and political parties exist for a reason,” said Jonathan Kinloch, Democratic Chairman for the 13th District. “[Representatives] belong to the members and precinct delegates of the Democratic Party.”
Michigan State Rep. Karen Whitsett spoke to the President and Vice President about her experience recovering from Coronavirus. "Thank you for everything that you have done."
Posted by The White House on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
— Karen Whitsett (@KayLyme) April 23, 2020
Whitsett had been sick with the Coronavirus since March, where her breathing become labored. The state of Michigan had orders not to use Hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19. Whitsett reported that she had to beg for the drug and after taking it saw results within hours.
She was also interviewed by multiple news outlets where she stated:
“I threw her [Governor Whitmer] under the bus and drove the bus over her. This is payback.”
“As long as you [Whitmer] is not doing her job and black lives are being lost in the city Detroit, I will continue to throw you under the bus, drive it over you, and drag you by your hair behind the bus because you need to do your job and stop crucifying the people in the northern part of Michigan for doing the stay-at-home order and not assisting the people in the southwest part of Detroit for not being able to stay at home. You are not assisting them to do so.”