The Governor of Michigan choose the words about Trump with care fearing disconnection from federal funds
Gretchen Whitmer during an interview on "Axios on HBO" when asked about self-censorship, bluntly replied that she was afraid of losing funding and was very careful in choosing words about the US president.
The fear of losing federal assistance came after Donald Trump, inspired by the armed invasion of the Michigan Capitol and numerous demonstrations, announced that he was ready to "hold up funding to Michigan."
Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
That was "the worst night sleep that I've gotten in the last 10 weeks is when he has attacked me on Twitter," said Whitmer.
The rift in relations between Donald Trump and the Governors of various states began with a refusal to re-open states during the pandemic. In the case of Whitmer, she chose to keep the stay-at-home order in force, despite threats and the desire of local residents to return to normal life.
In addition to slowing down the economic recovery process, Trump was also furious that Whitmer approved the November voting procedure by mail. According to a recent statement by the US president, “The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history,” although, according to CNN, Trump personally voted by mail in Florida.
The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and “force” people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2020
Whitmer, who spoke on the phone with Trump Wednesday, told CBS on Thursday: "Threatening to take money away from a state that is hurting as bad as we are right now is just scary, and I think something that is unacceptable."