WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump slammed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer throughout a rally within the state Saturday, prompting repeated chants of “lock her up” from the group weeks after the FBI foiled a kidnapping plot aimed on the Democratic chief.
“Be careful of her and her attorney general because you know they’re like in charge of the ballot stuff,” Trump mentioned throughout a rally in Muskegon, Michigan. “How the hell do I put my political and our country’s political life in the hands of a pure partisan like that?”
Trump has regularly attacked Whitmer for her administration’s effort to gradual the unfold of COVID-19 by imposing strict lockdowns of gatherings within the state, which the Republican president believes went too far . But the remarks mixed with the “lock her up” chants drew renewed consideration from Democrats following the kidnapping plot.
More than a dozen members of an anti-government group have been charged within the plot.
“They said she was threatened,” Trump mentioned at one level. “And she blamed me.”
Whitmer responded on Twitter whereas Trump was nonetheless talking.
“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” she wrote. “It needs to stop.”
Trump has traveled to Michigan, one of many election’s most essential battlegrounds, a minimum of 4 instances this 12 months. He narrowly gained Michigan in 2016, however present polling within the state reveals Democratic nominee Joe Biden main there.