Trump claims Whitmer 'wants to be a dictator,' says Michigan, other states should 'open up'
Trump: Michigan has to open up
President Trump on Michigan and other Democrat states opening up.
President Trump on Thursday said Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer "wants to be a dictator," and that Michigan and other states should "open up" despite the coronavirus pandemic.
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Whitmer extended Michigan's lockdown emergency on Sept. 29 through Oct. 27.
"They ought to open up the states," Trump said during an interview on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." "That's the other thing with the Democrats — maybe more important – open up the states. We're winning a lot of lawsuits about that. Michigan, she has to [it] open up. She wants to be a dictator in Michigan."
Trump added that "people can’t stand her" and "want to get back and want to get back to work," which is aiding his reelection campaign in the state.
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"Michigan, we won. Pennsylvania, we won. … North Carolina's moving along. They've got to open them up. They will open them up on Nov. 4," Trump said. "They're only doing it for politics. But the schools have to open. The businesses have to open. Despite that, we'll have a great third quarter."