Dana Nessel, the attorney general of the state of Michigan, has a message for President Donald Trump, who is scheduled to visit a Ford plant in the Wolverine State this afternoon: If you refuse to wear a mask as per Michigan statute, you will not be allowed back in the state.
During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Nessel was asked about Trump’s refusal to wear a protective mask, even though Ford requires one in the plant the president plans to visit. The Michigan AG made it clear that she expects Trump to obey the law, no matter what his title may be:
“Obviously here in Michigan we’ve been particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19. We are just asking that President Trump comply with the law in our state, just as we would make the same request of anyone else in those plants.”
As The Hill notes, Trump has steadfastly refused to put a mask on during visits to Arizona and Pennsylvania:
“Both times he has rejected his own government’s guidance to wear a mask when out in public. Trump has said that wearing a facial covering is a personal choice and unnecessary for him, since he is tested for the coronavirus regularly.”
And that, Nessel told host Alisyn Camerota, isn’t going to fly:
“If we’ve learned nothing over the last several years of President Trump in the White House, it’s that he doesn’t have the same level of legal accountability as everybody else.”
What actions will Nessel take if the president again declines to mask up? According to the AG, he won’t be allowed to return to the state, which is seen as a key battleground for the November presidential race:
if he fails to wear a mask, he’s going to be asked not to return to any enclosed facility inside our state. I know that Ford has asked him to do the same thing, but if we know that he’s coming to our state, and we know he’s not going to follow the law, I think we’re going to have to take action against any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk.”
Nessel also made that same point in a letter she sent to the White House, writing:
“While my department will not act to prevent you from touring Ford’s plant, I ask that while you are on tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford — and across this State — by wearing a facial covering. It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the Governor’s Executive Orders, it is currently the law of this State.”
Imagine how incensed Trump will be if he gets blocked from ever appearing in the state again. Talk about a Twitter meltdown!
— Brandon Richards (@bjrich_) May 21, 2020
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