Guardian: ‘Big Gretch’: how the pandemic pushed Michigan’s governor into the spotlight

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On Monday morning, Detroit local media reported on assassination threats made by members of rightwing Facebook groups against Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer. That afternoon, Whitmer addressed the tense situation by taking aim at largely silent Republicans in the legislature.

“This could be avoided if Republican leadership in the legislature would step up and denounce that kind of activity, if there was anyone on the other side of the aisle that would do that,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer’s tough response to Republicans represented a dramatic shift in approach for a mostly conservative Democratic leader previously known for a centrist governing style and political compromises – not confrontation – with her opponents.


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