Gov. Whitmer says there is a “layer of misogyny” in threats against her

by Jenny Mount · Apr 12th, 2021 2:32 pm

Last Updated Apr 14th, 2021 at 12:27 pm

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she believes there is a "layer of misogyny" in the threats and criticisms against her and other women in her administration.

Witmer appeared on "Face the Nation" on Sunday where she responded to a clip of Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser calling Whitmer, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson "three witches" who need to be politically burned at the stake.

Host Margaret Brennan quoted Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey when he bragged in a secret video that he had "spanked" Whitmer on the budget, appointments, and other items. He was accused of "sexualizing" Whitmer with his comments.

Brennan asked the governor if there should be repercussion for "misogynistic, threatening remarks like this," adding that both politicians had apologized.

"Well, when you say that they've apologized, I don't know to whom they've apologized because I haven't heard from them," Whitmer said. "I can tell you this, though, that sadly, in this moment, there have been a lot of death threats. We know that there was a plot to kidnap and kill me; death threats against me and my family. It's different in what I'm confronting than what some of my male counterparts are. So, yes, I do think that there is a layer of misogyny here that every woman in leadership has been confronting and dealing with to some extent."


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