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Michigan State Representative Karen Whitsett says she will not retract her thank-you to President Trump or back down from crediting hydroxychloroquine for helping her recover from the coronavirus despite being censured by her own party.
Detroit Democrats voted to censure Whitsett for praising hydroxychloroquine and for thanking President Trump for his efforts at fighting the coronavirus.
The censure resolution stated: “Her individual circumstance does not apply to everyone. She misrepresented a lot of the priorities and needs of her community when she went to go meet with the President.”
— Karen Whitsett (@KayLyme) April 23, 2020
Detroit Democrats claim that Whitsett broke protocol by meeting with President Trump at an April 14 White House gathering of COVID-19 survivors. At the event, Whitsett credited hydroxychloroquine for saving her life.
Whitsett, who is immuno-compromised because she has Lyme disease, says she was near death while infected with the coronavirus.
Whitsett also made herself the target of left-wing hostility by praising Trump. “Thank you for everything that you have done,” Whitsett told President Trump at the meeting.
Fellow Democrats immediately attacked Whitsett. She appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show Friday, where she doubled-down on her statements and said she will not be silenced by ugly left-wing threats.
“Hydroxychloroquine did save my life and I did credit the President for doing so,” Whitsett said. “Why [Democrats] would expel me is beyond words. This is something that I did not expect. It started out with a simple thank-you to the man that is the president of the United States. I didn’t know that thank-you had a political line. I didn’t know a thank-you belongs to one political party over another, and that if you’re in one party you cannot say thank-you to another person. I had no idea.”
(Source: Tucker Carlson Tonight)
Whitsett said she has received numerous nasty messages from Michigan’s Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“The text messages that we have had since then have not been pleasant,” Whitsett said. “I’m not going to stand by and be quiet, nor will I be silenced by anyone.”
Representative Whitsett continued:
“I don’t care who it is! If you’re not doing right by us, if you’re not doing right by black people within our community, I’m going to stand up. I’m going to stand up against you. I’m going to speak out. And right now I’m speaking for the people who can’t speak for themselves.”
“That is my job. That is my responsibility. That is my duty. I don’t care who it is, I will go up against anyone any day. Donald Trump wants to work with us. He wants to give us the things that we need.”
Rep. Whitsett said she’s astounded that her fellow Democrats hate President Trump more than they love Americans and therefore, are unwilling to work with him to combat a serious crisis.
“I’ve had the conversations with him, so I know firsthand [that he wants to help all Americans],” she said. “For someone like myself who is simply trying to stand up for the people, it’s unbelievable.”
Tucker asked Whitsett’s physician, Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala, if hydroxychloroquine saved her life. Dr. Arsiwala said yes:
“Absolutely, since I’ve treated Karen, I have also treated a few other patients [with hydroxychloroquine]. As I said before, there is cardiac toxicity associated with that, but right now, the scientists behind this medicine –as long as we can monitor the heart — are using it in an inpatient setting.”
The outpatient use — even the FDA has recommended you can use it based on physician/patient interaction. I have used it on 16 other patients and it has worked.
Right now, there is a huge study going on in Michigan on healthy individuals. They are trying to do a study to see if hydroxychloroquine can prevent this disease.”
Dr. Arsiwala then urged Democrats to put bitter partisanship aside and come together as Americans to defeat this plague.
“Let’s not fight, [put] politics aside,” Arsiwala said. “The most important thing is we have to do everything in our toolbox to help each other out. We have to understand that this virus is new. It’s taking lives. It has devastated our economy, and we have to come together. This is absolutely very important.”
President Trump reacted by urging Karen Whitsett to join the GOP.
Disgraceful. Should join the Republican Party! https://t.co/HMpXOEdgSA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2020
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