Dem Lawmaker Censured By Her Party After Thanking Trump, So He Invites Her To Join GOP

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A Democratic lawmaker in Detroit has been unanimously censured by her party after thanking President Donald Trump for advocating for the drug that she said cured her of COVID-19.

According to The Detroit News, State Rep. Karen Whitsett broke protocol by meeting with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at a meeting of COVID-19 survivors earlier this month.

At the meeting, Whitsett thanked Trump and Pence and said that the Trump-touted drug hydroxychloroquine had “saved [her] life.”

“Thank you for everything that you have done,” Whitsett told the president. “I did not know that saying thank you had a political line. … I’m telling my story and my truth, and this how I feel and these are my words.”

“For me, it saved my life,” Whitsett also said in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “I only can go by what it is that I have gone through and what my story is, and I can’t speak for anyone else. So that’s not what I’m trying to do here. I’m only speaking for myself.”

The move to censure Whitsett followed quickly after her meeting with the president, and last week he had one simple recommendation for her: to join the GOP.

“Disgraceful,” Trump said of the “Michigan Democrat party bosses” attacking Whitsett. “Should join the Republican Party!”

In a later tweet, the president called Whitsett “smart and strong” and “a heroine to many.”

Over the weekend, Detroit Democrats unanimously passed the resolution to censure Whitsett.

“We have the ability to be the referee when we see our leaders out there attacking and not being willing to have a discussion to find common ground,” said Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party organization. “Based on her actions and recent statements, she’s chosen to be a stand-alone Democrat with the goals of a Republican.”

The resolution stated that Whitsett “has repeatedly and publicly praised the president’s delayed and misguided COVID-19 response efforts in contradiction with the scientifically based and action-oriented response” from party leadership, “endangering the health, safety and welfare of her constituents, the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan.”

The censure means Whitsett will not be endorsed by the organization this year, nor will she be able to engage in its activities for the next two election cycles.

For her part, Whitsett told The Detroit News that she is too busy working for her district to engage in the “pettiness politics” of the Democratic organization after the resolution.

Whitsett told the paper she had raised $450,000 in four days for resources in her district and is working to deliver food and cleaning products to those in need during the pandemic.

“I was asked to speak about my COVID experience,” Whitsett said. “The board has various issues and I don’t understand what this censure is this censure supposed to do?

“We are in the middle of a pandemic if anyone has forgotten, which is what [Jonathan Kinloch] and [Gov. Gretchen Whitmer] should be concerned about.”

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