Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist On State Rep. Isaac Robinson: “He Fought With A Smile”

Gilchrist talks about the passing of state Rep. Isaac Robinson and gives an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The toll of the coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on our state and on the people we know and love.

“When you have a wound and you pour salt on it, it hurts more.” – Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.

That toll is felt today both here in Detroit and at the state Capitol with the passing over the weekend of state Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit). Robinson was just 44 years old and passed away at Detroit Receiving of suspected COVID-19 just hours after experiencing breathing problems. He was a vocal advocate for Detroiters and a warrior for social justice.

It’s the kind of loss that illustrates the devastation happening in the city of Detroit right now, where the disease is spreading faster than just about anywhere in the world.

Click on the player above to hear Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist talk about the loss of Rep. Isaac Robinson and to give an update on the state’s response to COVID-19.

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Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is a Detroiter and knew Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit).

“He fought for the people he served in Detroit and Hamtramck,” says Gilchrist. “He was a fighter and he fought with a smile. He was a good guy.”

Gilchrist discusses the reasons why Detroit is experiencing a higher rate of infection than other places, and points to systemic inequality as a driver.

“When you have a wound and you pour salt on it, it hurts more,” he says.

The lieutenant governor is encouraging people to reach out to loved ones, while maintaining safe distance, during this time of crisis.

“The human voice is helpful during a time of crisis.”


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