Michigan Gov. Whitmer calls Trump's latest broadsides 'incredibly disturbing'

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday said U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of her at a rally was "incredibly disturbing" after he called her "dishonest" and drew shouts of "lock her up" from the crowd.

Thirteen men, some members of a right-wing armed group, have since been charged in that plot.

The Michigan governor unleashed her critcisms on Saturday evening, while Trump spoke before a large crowd at a campaign rally in Muskegon.

"He wasn't doing anything, I don't think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all. Hopefully, you'll be sending her packing pretty soon".

Trump's remarks targeting Whitmer led to chants of "lock her up" at the rally on Saturday, a phrase Trump supporters often directed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016.

Whitmer was quick to respond on Twitter to Trump's attack, writing "This is the 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". "It needs to stop". I see everything that is said about and to her online. Host Jake Tapper pressed her repeatedly on whether the president should tone down his rhetoric, but she said critics were misinterpreting his rally comments.

Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law and senior campaign adviser, similarly said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that it was "the president's Department of Justice that actually thwarted this attack". "Of course he wasn't encouraging people to threaten this woman".

At his Saturday rally in Muskegon, Mich., Trump set out to prove Guthrie wrong with an nearly unbelievable string of "did he really just say that" moments.

After saying that the alleged plot against Whitmer is "awful" and that "no one should ever have this thing happen to them", Trump echoed the President by arguing that "people are frustrated around America" and in MI, particularly, when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions.

Mask use was mixed at both rallies, which were held outdoors and saw little in the way of social distancing.

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