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MSNBC 21 May 2020

Twin Crises Call For Extraordinary Effort From Michiganders

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer talks with Rachel Maddow about how she and her constituents are handling the massive flooding in the middle of the state in the midst of trying to control the spread of the coronavirus. Aired on 5/21/2020.


New Jersey, the state with the second highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the nation, says the local economy is hurting and "we need the federal government right now, in a big way, to come in with direct cash assistance." Aired on 5/8/2020.
A national security strategist has called for reparations from China over the communist regime's role during the coronavirus outbreak. One America's Jack Posobiec has more from Washington.
Preston Manning is calling for the creation of an economic council to help Canada recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and argues the premiers should be leading that effort.

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Joe Biden is calling for extra premium pay, free and regular COVID testing and paid sick leave for the nation's essential workers, from healthcare employees to those who work in grocery stores and meatpacking plants. (May 4)

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>>> JOINING US NOW FOR THE
>>> JOINING US NOW FOR THE
INTERVIEW IS GOVERNOR GRETCHEN
WHITMER OF THE GREAT STATE OF
MICHIGAN, AND BOY DOES SHE HAVE
A LOT TO CONTEND WITH RIGHT NOW.
GOVERNOR, YOU ARE DEALING WITH
AN EMERGENCY AT HOME, YOU’RE
DEALING WITH THIS ONGOING
EPIDEMIC.
YOU ARE DEALING WITH A STRANGE
VISIT FROM THE PRESIDENT TODAY.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING TIME IN THE
MIDDLE OF ALL OF THIS TO BE HERE
WITH US TONIGHT.
>> THANK YOU, RACHEL.
>> LET ME ASK YOU FIRST ABOUT
THIS HISTORIC FLOODING IN YOUR
STATE.
THIS IS A CRISIS THAT YOU COULD
SEE COMING.
YOU ORDERED PEOPLE EVACUATED OUT
OF HARM’S WAY BEFORE THOSE DAMS
FAILED, OR WERE OVERWHELMED.
BUT IT SEEMS TO ME AS BEST AS I
CAN TELL THAT THIS IS A CRISIS
IS NOT OVER.
NOT ONLY HAVE FLOOD WATERS NOT
RECEDING BUT ARE YOU EXPECTING
THAT THERE MAY NEED TO BE
FURTHER EVACUATIONS, THERE THAT
THERE MAY BE OTHER TOWNS THAT
ARE IN DANGER?
>> WE ARE CONCERNED AND WE’RE
WATCHING IT VERY CLOSELY, AND WE
KNOW, TOO, THAT THERE IS MORE
PRECIPITATION IN THE FORECAST.
AND SO WE’RE TAKING THIS VERY
SERIOUSLY.
I’LL JUST ACKNOWLEDGE, THE FACT
THAT WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF A
GLOBAL PANDEMIC, ON TOP OF THAT,
DEALING WITH A 500-YEAR FLOOD
EVENT, WHICH OF COURSE BECOMING
MORE AND MORE FREQUENT.
WE’VE GOT CLIMATE CHANGE AS A
PART OF THAT.
BUT ALSO, OLD INFRASTRUCTURE AS
WELL.
WE WERE ABLE TO EVACUATE 10,000
PEOPLE IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF
THIS.
AND AT THIS, AS OF OUR
CONVERSATION NOW, WE’VE NOT
FOUND ANY CASUALTIES.
AND IT REALLY IS A TESTAMENT, I
KNOW PEOPLE SEE THE FOOTAGE OF
WHAT’S GOING ON AT THE CAPITOL
AND PROTESTS BUT WHAT IS
HAPPENING IN THE STATE OF
MICHIGAN IS PEOPLE ARE RISING TO
THE CHALLENGE AND HELPING ONE
ANOTHER.
WE’VE FLATTENED OUR CURVE.
WE’VE HELPED EACH OTHER OUT.
PEOPLE ARE DISPLACED FROM THEIR
HOME AND WHEN I WENT TO MIDLAND
I WAS SO INSPIRED BY THE
ATTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
ALL WEARING MASKS AND CHIPPING
IN TO HELP EACH OTHER IN THE
MIDST OF THESE TWO CRISES, AND
IT WAS REALLY INSPIRING.
WE GOT A LOT OF TOUGH STUFF TO
DEAL WITH, AND TOUGH THINGS THAT
WE’RE TRYING TO CONFRONT
TOGETHER, BUT I THINK YOU CAN
SEE BITS OF HUMANITY EVERY DAY
IN THIS, AND THAT’S WHAT KEEPS
US GOING.
>> LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT THE WAY
THESE TWO EMERGENCIES SORT OF
DOVE-TAILED IN YOUR STATE.
OBVIOUSLY, EMERGENCY PLANNING
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE NEED TO
EVACUATE LARGE NUMBERS OF
PEOPLE, AS YOU SAID, 10,000
PEOPLE, IN VERY SHORT ORDER, IN
ADVANCE OF AN IMPENDING DAM
FAILURE, THAT’S A SPECIFIC KIND
OF EMERGENCY PLANNING.
TO HAVE TO INTEGRATE THAT WITH
SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND INFECTION
CONTROL PROTOCOLS, THAT ARE SO
UNUSUAL, SO UNFAMILIAR,
SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER DONE
BEFORE THIS EPIDEMIC, I MEAN HOW
DO YOU INTEGRATE THOSE TWO
IMPERATIVES, HOW DO YOU EVACUATE
PEOPLE AND KEEP THEM SAFE AND
PUT THEM UP IN SHELTERS WHILE
ALSO PREVENTING THEM FROM GIVING
EACH OTHER CORONAVIRUS.
>> WELL, IT’S REALLY INCREDIBLE.
WHEN I WENT TO THE STATE
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER, TO
CALL FOR THE EVACUATION, AND TO
DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY, ON
TUESDAY NIGHT, I FOUND MYSELF
SAYING, THIS IS A ONCE IN A
LIFETIME EVENT.
AND I FOUND MYSELF SAYING THIS
AGAIN, RIGHT, I’VE SAID IT MANY
TIMES OVER THE LAST TEN WEEKS
HERE IN MICHIGAN.
AND YET, HERE WE ARE, AND WE’RE
GOING TO GRIT OUR TEETH AND GET
THROUGH THIS.
AND HELP ONE ANOTHER OUT.
THE LOCAL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
CENTER WAS ON TOP OF THIS.
AND THEY WORKED SEAMLESSLY WITH
THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
CENTER.
THEY HAVE DONE PHENOMENAL WORK.
AND I THINK THAT THE PLANNING
AND ALL OF THE DIFFERENT
AGENCIES, THE MICHIGAN NATIONAL
GUARD, THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE
COMBINED WITH WHAT WAS HAPPENING
AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, REALLY
CONTRIBUTED TO AN ORGANIZATION
THAT HELPED SAVE PEOPLE, BUT

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