ADVERTISEMENT Republican challenger Tudor Dixon slammed Democrat Gretchen Whitmer during the Michigan gubernatorial debate Thursday night over her policies in response to the coronavirus, particularly how she handled the impact of the pandemic on nursing homes.
Whitmer was asked if she would have done things differently given the information she has now to which the governor responded, “We know that this was a brand new virus that we didn’t know a lot about. We knew that our hospitals were filling up and that people were dying. We were in a desperate search for masks and ventilators. There were refrigerated trucks outside of some of our hospitals to store people’s bodies who didn’t survive.” She added, “It was a desperate time. Lives were on the line. Studies have shown that our actions saved thousands of lives. Now 35,000 people in our state have died from Covid. They may not matter to some, but they matter to me. Every single one of them. If I could go back in time with the knowledge we have now, sure, I would’ve made some different decisions, but we were working in the middle of a crisis and lives were on the line.”
Dixon roasted Whitmer for her policies including sending Covid-positive patients into nursing homes, attempting to downplay the deaths in the nursing homes following the enactment of her policies and school shutdowns. “The governor wants you to believe that she did listen to the experts, but we have the letter from the nursing home association that said, whatever you do, don’t send Covid patients into nursing homes, and yet, the governor did.” Dixon then cited the disgraced former governor of New York Andrew Cuomo who, like many democrat governors across the US, enacted the same policy . “When Andrew Cuomo even backed off of this, […]
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