During an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, May 21, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) criticized President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask during a trip to a Ford plant in Michigan, but appears to still not have addressed a disturbing attack at a nursing home in her state.
Earlier in the day, a clip of a man appearing to assault an elderly man inside a nursing home in Detroit surfaced on social media, drawing the ire of the Twitter community.
THIS IS HEARTBREAKING 💔
HE BETTER GO TO JAIL FOR THIS!
This monster is abusing an elderly woman at a Detroit Nursing Home! She’s In her 90s
RT & LETS MAKE SURE THIS GUY GOES TO PRISON
HE DESERVES THE MAX !
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) May 21, 2020
President Trump appeared to speak out against the attack, calling for attention to the incident and the victim’s health.
“Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?” the president tweeted.
Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2020
Meanwhile, Whitmer, who is reportedly being considered as a vice presidential pick by presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, attacked President Trump on MSNBC, telling host Rachel Maddow it was “disappointing” to see the president not wearing a face mask during his trip to the Michigan Ford plant.
The Detroit Police Department said in a statement that they arrested a 20-year-old male in connection with the attack of an elderly male inside Westwood Nursing Center on the northwest side of the city, according to The Detroit News.
Whitmer has been criticized over her executive order that forced nursing homes to accept CCP Virus (coronavirus) patients.
“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must reverse course on her executive order that is placing Michigan’s most vulnerable seniors at risk. It’s a matter of life and death,” The Detroit News Editorial Board wrote. “That put other residents in jeopardy, and may well have contributed to the high death rate in Michigan nursing homes.”
Whitmer has come under scrutiny for her handling of the virus crisis. Republicans in the House and Senate challenged Whitmer in court over her emergency powers in response to the pandemic. They were frustrated with her strategy to stem the spread of the virus by keeping people home and shutting businesses in regions slightly affected by the virus and far from the state’s epicenter, the Detroit area. At least five local businesses have filed a lawsuit against the governor.
On Thursday, the Michigan Court of Claims ruled Whitmer has the authority to keep her state under a state of emergency without legislative approval, allowing her to extend the stay-at-home order until May 28.