Democratic lawmaker who thanked Trump to face censure vote from Michigan Democrats

State Rep. Karen Whitsett has repeatedly expressed gratitude toward President Trump

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Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitestt with President Trump on April 14, 2020
Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett with President Trump on April 14, 2020
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April 23, 2020 - 10:47pm

Michigan Democratic state Rep. Karen Whitsett, publicly expressed her gratitude toward President Trump for her coronavirus recovery, and now she is facing possible censure from her fellow Democrats. 

Whitsett has indicated that the president may have helped save her life by publicly discussing the drug hydroxychloroquine, which she says helped her to recover. The Detroit Free Press reported that when questioned about "whether she thinks Trump may have saved her life, Whitsett said: 'Yes, I do,' and 'I do thank him for that.'" 

Whitsett earlier this month met with the president at a meeting of coronavirus survivors and expressed her  gratitude.

"At the end of the day, we have political systems,” Jonathan Kinloch, district chair of Michigan 13th Congressional District Democratic Party said according to The Detroit News. “We have political parties, and political parties exist for a reason." 

"I’m a Democrat, and I plan on continuing to be a Democrat, but they will change their ways," Whitsett said according to the outlet. "I have my First Amendment right, and no one will take that away from me."

The Detroit News reports that one of the items mentioned in the resolution to censure Whitsett says she "'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.'"