In this edition of The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder testified on Capitol Hill about the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.
One of the more interesting moments of the Congressional hearing addressing the Flint Water Crisis took place between Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Snyder. The Washington Post published an excerpt of the exchange:
CUMMINGS: Okay. It looks like almost everyone knew about these problems except you. You were completely missing in action. That’s not leadership. What do you think?
SNYDER: I was not missing in action, congressman. I was — I had ongoing discussions of water issues in Flint. I received number of briefings on it and continuing response from the experts, whether to Dennis Muchmore or other people when you look at the record is that they would tell you, “it was safe.”
CUMMINGS: Now, you can understand why the residents of Flint would be skeptical about what you’re saying, right? I mean…
CUMMINGS: I mean, they’re not like us. They just know somebody – “chief of staff — that sounds like somebody very important. That sounds like somebody that would answer directly to the Governor.” I mean, you can kind of understand that concern, can’t you?
SNYDER: I absolutely do, sir. I will have to live with this my entire life.
CUMMINGS: On your website — governor, you know what?
You know, I have heard you say that but I got to tell you, there are children that got to live with it — the damage that has been done for the rest of their lives. And it is painfully painful to think that a child could be damaged until the day they die and that their destiny has been cut off and messed up. So, yes, you have to live with it. But they — many of the children will never be what God intended them to be when they were born. And conceived.