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“Incivility” biggest threat facing US, says Gov. Snyder

Governor Snyder at the Mackinac Policy Conference in 2014
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Governor Rick Snyder spoke out against a toxic political culture that he says it’s getting in the way of practical problem-solving.


The governor was speaking to a gathering of business and political leaders at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual policy conference on Mackinac Island. The conference’s organizers put civility in politics on the agenda.


“I view this as probably the largest threat to our country,” he said.


The governor says it’s a timely topic as people with differing political views are finding it harder and harder to talk to one another.


“Our greatest threat is not from someone external,” he said. “It’s from us not treating one another right. It’s that simple.”


Snyder says he’d like to see Michigan serve as an example to the nation of consensus problem-solving. But Michigan remains a politically divided state that split almost evenly in the presidential race last year. President Donald Trump won the state by the closest margin in Michigan history.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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