Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been under fire since the Flint Water Crisis exploded into mainstream media. His administration has been heavily criticized for essentially ignoring the lead contamination and then pretending they knew nothing about it.
As the situation has unfolded throughout the last several months, it has been revealed through uncovered emails and other state officials that the governor’s office was well aware of the city’s contaminated water system.
Snyder faced congress Thursday morning, and in a poor attempt to clear his administration of wrongdoing, he ended up really upsetting Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pennsylvania) who obliterated him with a series of verbal jabs.
Snyder claimed that his office “took immediate action” after they “learned there was a lead issue,” but Cartwright saw right through that lie.
“Governor Snyder, plausible deniability only works when it’s plausible, and I’m not buying that you didn’t know about any of this until October 2015. You were not in a medically induced coma for a year. I’ve had about enough of your false contrition and your phony apologies.”
Cartwright didn’t stop there. He compared Snyder’s blatant neglect to a domestic violence situation.
“Pretty soon we will have men who strike their wives saying, ‘I’m sorry dear, but there were failures at all levels,’” Cartwright said, which prompted a dull roar from the audience.
He concluded his rant by condemning Snyder’s money-driven actions and calling for his resignation:
“People who put dollars over the fundamental safety of the people do not belong in government and you need to resign too, Governor Snyder!”
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy was sitting next to Snyder during the hearing and made a few humdrum comments about her agency’s poor response to the situation, but she was totally content allowing Snyder to take the brunt of the blame.
Cartwright’s no-holds-barred attack was spot on. Snyder must be delusional to think that anyone believes he is not at all responsible for the lethal water spewing from Flint residents’ pipes.