Jeff Timmer: Welcome back to Michigan, President Trump!

President Donald J. Trump participates in a tour of the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Ypsilanti, Mich. | Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour via Flickr Public Domain

Dear President Trump,

It’s been a while since you’ve physically darkened our doorstep. Yet, your ample shadow has managed to darken so much here in the Mitten during your four-month absence.

The last time you dropped by on May 21, you pointedly refused to wear a mask on that visit, at least when reporters could see you (peekaboo). You continued to downplay the threat of COVID-19 and urged Michigan to get back to work. 

Before arriving, you had cautioned Vice President Mike Pence not to call “the woman in Michigan.” You blasted her as Governor “Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer” in a March 27 tweet in which you said she was “way in over her” head and “doesn’t have a clue.” Your playground taunts were understandable – at least to those perpetually trapped in middle school. It chapped your backside raw that she was getting high approval marks for handling the pandemic crisis while your ratings in Michigan hovered awfully close to the “well, he is still more popular than chlamydia” range.

At the point of your May visit, a mere 5,202 Michiganders had died during the preceding two months, and 54,347 had then been infected with the virus. When you were here in May, 1,441,093 million residents – out of 10 million men, women and children – had filed brand-spanking-new unemployment claims during the six weeks leading up to your arrival.

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It was bad then – and it is even worse, today. Here are some data points that aggregate what has transpired since you last stopped by to shamble around the Ford plant in Ypsilanti:

  • 1,685 more Michiganders – mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, cousins, friends, neighbors, colleagues – have perished forever from the face of the earth.
  • 65,516 additional citizens have been diagnosed with the dreaded and deadly coronavirus.
  • 418,942 Michigan workers have filed new jobless claims.

The cumulative totals since mid-March are:

  • 6,887 Michiganders have died from COVID-19 – that’s nearly seven of every 1,000 citizens who were alive in March.
  • 119,863 citizens have been infected with the virus – that’s more than one of every 100 Michigan residents who have contracted COVID-19.
  • 1,860,035 total workers have filed new jobless claims. This number equates to more than 18% of the state’s total population – not just those old enough to work – who have become unemployed since March.
  • There are 24.6% fewer small businesses open today than were open in January. Repeat: One out of every four companies operating in Michigan in January is not open for business today.

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“Democrat hoax,” right? No worse than the flu, right? All sh*ts and giggles, right? Trump is doing a great job, right?

Wrong.

Now, with the revelation of your astounding taped interviews with Bob Woodward, we find out that you were armed with the forewarning that could have staved off the hemorrhaging of health, life, and livelihood that Michigan – and the nation- has suffered. Yet, you chose to bury that information because you thought revealing it would cause you political harm.

Heroes put the interests of others above those of their own. They selflessly risk themselves for the benefit of others. Cowards think of themselves first. They choose to mitigate their personal risk at the expense of others.

Consider these traits: brave, courageous and heroic. You have none of them. Now ruminate on these: craven, greedy and cowardly. They describe you to a tee.

Your deliberate, premeditated actions to deceive us in order to protect yourself are a reprehensible reflection on you as a person. Your willful deception and negligence of the COVID crisis are a stain on the presidency, unlike anything that has ever occurred in the republic’s history. Hundreds of thousands of people have died. More than one hundred thousand more will yet die. Tens of millions have lost their jobs. Millions of businesses have closed and will never reopen.

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You’re visiting Freeland Thursday. Freeland lies at the epicenter of the Saginaw-Bay City-Midland metroplex. Dow Chemical, Hemlock Semi-Conductor, Delphi Automotive, and Pioneer Sugar – all world-class companies – are among the top employers in the region. Saginaw Valley State University, Northwood University, and Delta College are exemplary higher learning institutions. The Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland area chambers of commerce are tremendously effective leaders and advocates for area businesses. 

The area is home to traditional manufacturing companies, agri-business, and high-tech innovation companies. The people of the tri-city area work hard to live the American dream.

The metro area is a microcosm of America. Your term in the White House, President Trump, has put the region’s future in jeopardy. It has clouded Michigan’s future. It has risked the security of the United States of America.

Your legacy will never be anything but death, destitution, demise and corruption.

Forgive my manners. This letter was intended to be a welcome note. I have let the abundant facts get in the way of etiquette and protocols, accept my apologies.  Let me welcome you back to the great state of Michigan. God willing, it will be your last visit as president of the United States.

Sincerely,

XOXO

Jeff