President Donald Trump drew criticism on Thursday after visiting a Michigan Ford factory which has been repurposed to manufacture PPE in the face of the national health crisis.
Though photos show that Trump wore a mask in private while touring the factory, he said he wouldn't give the press "the pleasure" of wearing it in front of reporters, implying that wearing a mask was a sign of weakness that the media—which he says is always out to get him—would enjoy.
Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessal, criticized Trump's refusal to set an example, saying:
"He is a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules. This is not a joke."
Naturally, Trump had a Twitter meltdown about it.
The Wacky Do Nothing Attorney General of Michigan, Dana Nessel, is viciously threatening Ford Motor Company for the… https://t.co/Adq9H2Ao8c— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590117245.0
Do nothing A.G. of the Great State of Michigan, Dana Nessel, should not be taking her anger and stupidity out on Fo… https://t.co/CgiI8d8KNg— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590117642.0
Attorney Nagels responded, alluding to Trump's previous feuds with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (whom he referred to as "that woman from Michigan") and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who reminded him her name twice.
Hi! 👋After struggling with our Gov & SOS, impressed you know my name. Seems like you have a problem with all 3 wome… https://t.co/O7pE7c7u6S— Dana Nessel (@Dana Nessel)1590119891.0
She concluded with a devastating reminder.
People were here for the Attorney General's clapback.
Winner for tweet of the month. https://t.co/jlI3xuxoM2— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1590126453.0
Well said @dananessel ! #UnionStrong #WomenStrong https://t.co/p9qrlcMrkV— CForbes (@CForbes)1590142188.0
Dana for the win. https://t.co/zpXSTALvXK— Kat (@Kat)1590146671.0
With Trump far behind in polls with suburban women, his feud with the women leaders of the swing state is unlikely to help that.
People saw Nessel's response as a prime example of an effective woman leader against an infamous misogynist.
💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 Strong women leaders do not back down to bullies 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 https://t.co/keC1QREP2P— Dr. Cindy Banyai (D), Candidate CD-FL19 (@Dr. Cindy Banyai (D), Candidate CD-FL19)1590155428.0
The women who run Michigan are incredible and literally are evidence that our entire world should he run by women https://t.co/CJkbs1coLG— thiccer than a snicker (@thiccer than a snicker)1590161888.0
Thank you, @dananessel & @GovWhitmer You know you’re effective, informed, honest women when #Trump bashes you.… https://t.co/J5LN1Ck3ld— Lea Williams VO (@Lea Williams VO)1590161136.0
It’s legitimately fun watching Trump try and take on women with the same tactics he uses to bully men. Women have… https://t.co/BV8nlwxDli— Katy My Brand is Crisis Hartnett (@Katy My Brand is Crisis Hartnett)1590162218.0
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