Another Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, said in a statement after the call that Trump’s remarks during it were “deeply disturbing.”
“Instead of offering support or leadership to bring down the temperature at protests, President Trump told governors to ‘put it down’ or we would be ‘overridden,'” she said.
“He said governors should ‘dominate’ protesters, ‘or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks,'” Whitmer said.
“The president repeatedly and viciously attacked governors, who are doing everything they can to keep the peace while fighting a once-in-a-generation global pandemic.”
“The president’s dangerous comments should be gravely concerning to all Americans, because they send a clear signal that this administration is determined to sow the seeds of hatred and division, which I fear will only lead to more violence and destruction,” Whitmer said. “We must reject this way of thinking. This is a moment that calls for empathy, humanity, and unity.”
“I don’t know why Gov. Whitmer would be dismayed at the president telling governors to do their job” Kayleigh McEnany, White House spokeswoman, said when asked about Whitmer’s comments at Monday’s press briefing. “It is their responsibility to police their streets. they have the police power … they have quite clearly, many of them, failed to do their job.”
Pritzker last week had called Trump a “racist, misognyist, homophobe” after the president had tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in response to the Floyd protests.
“His tweets, his reaction, his failure to address the racism in America is stoking the flames in subtle and not so subtle ways,” Pritzker said Friday.