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Trump vs. the Women Who Lead Michigan: A Battle With 2020 Implications

  • July 12, 2020

“In a crisis, people rally around their leaders,” said Mr. Czuba, the pollster. “What is unique is that the president is the only leader who hasn’t been rallied around. In one fell swoop, the president helped her consolidate her support.”

The Twitter fights have helped at least one business in Michigan, too.

When the virus hit the state, Ivette Lopez thought she’d have to permanently close the Outdoor Beerdsman, her five-year-old coffee and gift shop in northern Michigan.

But then Mr. Trump’s Twitter war with Ms. Whitmer began, and Ms. Lopez started churning out T-shirts with the slogan “That Woman From Michigan” in her Boyne City home. She has now sold more than 8,000 of them for $20 a pop, including one that Ms. Whitmer wore during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.”

“Without these shirts, I would have closed my business,” Ms. Lopez said. “There’s no way I could have made it through the winter.”

Now, Ms. Whitmer and Ms. Nessel are turning at least some of their attention to defeating Mr. Trump in November. Because of her role as the state’s chief elections officer, Ms. Benson won’t endorse or work for a candidate in the presidential race.

Ms. Whitmer said on a recent campaign call, “We’re all that woman from Michigan, and by the end of this, Donald Trump is going to know not to mess with these women from Michigan.”

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