Gretchen Whitmer Will Not Be Intimidated

Michigan's governor shares her story after her life was threatened by two domestic terrorist groups.

11/28/2020 9:15:00 PM

'No one will deter me from my service to the people of Michigan. I have a job to do. I will not be bullied, intimidated, or distracted. And I know that women across the country have my back.' GovWhitmer

Michigan's governor shares her story after her life was threatened by two domestic terrorist groups.

Too often, our male leaders accuse their female colleagues of being too bossy or too shrill. They say we don’t know our place, or don’t smile enough. Sometimes they say we smile too much. We are called overly-ambitious and unlikeable. They say: “She’s not someone I would want to get a beer with.”

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We can be criticized for demanding a place at the table. But the truth is that women leaders are inherently different. The vast majority of us choose empathy and compassion over hate and fear-mongering. While fending off threats of violence, we roll up our sleeves to get things done for those we serve.

A lot of men refuse to accept that.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.They’re not “militias.” They’re domestic terrorists endangering and intimidating their fellow Americans. Words matter. headtopics.com

— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer)October 9, 2020It is no coincidence that after months of attacks from the president, I became the target of a multi-state domestic terrorist plot. The president’s public refusal to condemn white supremacists and hate groups, like the two domestic terrorist groups involved in the plot against me, is the encouragement they need to plan, organize, and ultimately execute violent acts like the one thwarted last week.

Stoking division is the president's sad, cynical strategy for reelection. He radicalizes with lies, and endangers us all.Related StoryGov. Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping: What to KnowThe president’s message to these hate groups during the first presidential debate sounded like a call to arms. “Stand back and stand by,” he told them. His words quickly became a meme, you can find the quote on t-shirts.

Domestic terrorists will cling to any and every statement they feel encourages their actions. So when a sitting president stands on a national stage and refuses to condemn them, we must hold him accountable.Threats and violence against female leaders are nothing new. It is something women, particularly women of color, have been dealing with forever. Women who have the audacity to break down barriers and serve their communities and their country are constantly vilified by those who see equality for others as their own oppression.

Bill PuglianoGetty ImagesJust look at the violent threats aimed at Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or Rashida Tlaib. And just last week, the president called Senator Kamala Harris, the first Black and Indian-American woman to be on a major party’s presidential ticket, a “monster” on national television. He's also attacked Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Cindy McCain as they mourned the deaths of their husbands. headtopics.com

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