President Donald Trump’s refusal to wear a face mask is not going to fly in hard-hit Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel warned on Thursday.
Nessel threatened legal action against companies that allow Trump in without a mask ahead of Trump’s visit to a Ford plant in Ypsilanti.
“Honestly, if [Trump] fails to wear a mask, he’s going to be asked not to return to any enclosed facilities inside our state,” Nessel told CNN. “I think we’re going to take action against any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk. We simply can’t afford it here in our state.”
“Leaders need to lead,” added Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell. “I hope the president will follow the protocols because people will see the importance of wearing those masks. It matters.”
Nessel sends letter to Trump on masks:
Nessel sent a letter addressed to Trump warning him about the state’s mask policy ahead of the visit.
“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,” Nessel wrote. “It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the Governor’s Executive Orders. It is currently the law of this State.”
A Ford spokesperson told the Associated Press that the company has also informed the White House that it requires masks in the factories.
Trump was noncommittal about the mask on Tuesday.
“I don’t know,” he said. “It depends. I mean, you know, in certain areas, I would. In certain areas, I don’t. But I will certainly look at it.”
Illinois cracks down on lawmaker:
In nearby Illinois, lawmakers cracked down on a Republican state representative who refused to wear a mask on the General Assembly floor.
“[If] you want to send me or anyone else outside the doors today, I understand. Go right ahead,” declared Rep. Darren Bailey. “But know this: If you do that, you’re silencing millions of voices of people who have had enough."
The assembly voted 81-27 to kick Bailey out. He was escorted out by security.
“The representative has shown a callous disregard for life, callous disregard for people’s health,” Gov. JB Pritzker said. “You just heard a doctor tell you why to wear a mask in the first place. It’s to protect others. So clearly, the representative has no interest in protecting others.”