According to a report issued by the Detroit Free Press on January 12, former Michigan governor Rick Snyder will soon face criminal charges for his role in the Flint water scandal that gripped the Michigan city starting in 2014.
The exact nature of the charges is not yet known.
Rick Snyder and the Flint Water Scandal
In 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan, suffered a sudden and serious outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. The disease, named after the American Legion because the first known outbreak of it occurred in 1976 during one of its conferences in Philadelphia, is a type of pneumonia believed to be caused by a bacterium called Legionella. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, cough, high fever, and muscle aches.
The city of Flint did not officially admit that the outbreak happened until 2016.
Snyder was Michigan’s governor from 2011 until the very start of 2019, meaning that the crisis happened under his watch. In the lead-up to the crisis, Snyder decided to order Flint to change its water supply while the whole municipality was under the control of an emergency manager.
Back in 2016, Flint residents filed a lawsuit against the now-former governor, alleging that his actions exposed them to contaminated drinking water on a mass scale. The lawsuit also alleges that Snyder knew about the problem and tried to cover it up. The Michigan Supreme Court had later decided to finally hold up the claim.
It is believed that whatever charges are ultimately brought to bear against Snyder, they will relate somehow to the actions referred to in that lawsuit.
Bogus Calls for Unity
Snyder, who is an establishment Republican who supported Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race, recently issued a joint statement with current Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer calling for unity among Americans.
Given reports that Snyder may be criminally charged and given all the anger aroused in Michigan over Governor Whitmer’s severe lockdown restrictions—which have even led to multiple pushes to have her recalled—many are sure to greet the calls for unity from these two incompetent officials with extreme cynicism.
One thing that people do seem to be united in, however, is their belief that Snyder should be made to pay for what he did.