Whitmer: 'Too Little Help from the White House' on Covid; Plus, a salty 'hot mic' moment

August 17, 2020, 10:31 PM

Gretchen Whitmer Monday night from Lansing

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, speaking from UAW Local 652 in Lansing, swiped at President Donald Trump on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. She also showed a salty side just before going live.

"From the jump, we took this pandemic seriously in Michigan," Whitmer said Monday night. "We listened to medical experts. We planned. And with a lot of help from the auto workers, and too little help from the White Hous, we executed our plan. We saved thousands of lives. Just imagine if we had a national strategy."

"So everyone who needs a test -- gets one for free. So everyone has access to a safe vaccine. So our kids and educators have the resources they need to safely get back to school. With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House, we will."

The governor had a playful moment earlier that wasn't picked up on TV broadcasts, but was on a livestream feed:

The video has over 500,000 views in 14 hours. (We post a reaction roundup.)

Whitmer's four-minute live remarks began with a reference to her contentious relationship with Trump.

"I’m Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Or as Donald Trump calls me, 'that woman from Michigan.'"

Later, she said:

"Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will lead by example. Science, not politics or ego, will drive their decisions. They know: the health of our people goes hand-in-hand with the strength of our economy."

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