Democrats in Michigan plan to censure state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) after she met with President Donald Trump earlier this month and praised him for advocating the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the CCP Virus (coronavirus) that saved her life.
Whitsett was diagnosed with the CCP Virus in March and has since recovered.
“Thank you for everything that you have done,” Whitsett told President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House during an April 14 meeting of CCP Virus survivors. “I did not know that saying thank you had a political line … I thought just saying thank you meant ‘thank you.’”
— Karen Whitsett (@KayLyme) April 23, 2020
However, Detroit’s 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization will vote on Saturday to censure Whisett and withhold any future endorsements of the lawmaker for breaking protocol by meeting the president and participating in events with the Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan to express gratitude to President Trump.
The resolution states, according to a copy obtained by The Detroit News, 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 Michigan’s Democratic leadership, “endangering the health, safety and welfare of her constituents, the city of Detroit, and the state of Michigan.”
Experts and analysts are still skeptical over the potential benefits of hydroxychloroquine for CCP Virus patients. In the United States, state governors including New York’s Andrew Cuomo have allowed doctors to use the drug in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax in hospitals “at their discretion.”
Whitsett was summoned for a screening of possible State House candidates in the district on Sunday, but she refused to attend.
“I don’t have time for politics,” Whitsett said. “That’s ridiculous, during a pandemic, that they think I have time for a screening…I have people that need me.”
“I will continue to fight for the city of Detroit and the people in Detroit who need it the most, and that is the black community,” Whitsett added. “We’re the voiceless, and I don’t care who I got to go up against to do that. I’m a Democrat, and I plan on continuing to be a Democrat, but they will change their ways. I have my First Amendment right, and no one will take that away from me.”
Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Ga.) on Thursday announced that he walked back his decision to resign as he previously stated on Wednesday after harassment from his own party over his support for President Trump.
“Yesterday, I announced my intentions to resign from my office,” Jones said in a video uploaded to social media. “But shortly thereafter, the outpour of support I received was too great for me to ignore.”
“I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission. I will not let them win,” Jones added. “I will NOT resign.”
Yesterday, I announced my intentions to resign from my office. But shortly thereafter, the outpour of support I received was too great for me to ignore.
I will not allow the Democrats to bully me into submission. I will not let them win.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 23, 2020