Trump raps MI gov. amid 'lock her up' chants

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 19, 2020

Prominent Democrats echoed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) call for the public to roundly condemn President Trump a day after he joined his supporters' "lock her up" chants during a rally in Michigan.

"I'm glad that President Trump's [Department of Justice] was able to get these psychopaths and put them away", Miller said, "but the fact of the matter is, people in MI want to get their state opened back up".

"They said she was threatened", Trump told the crowd. Get your schools open! "The schools have to be open right?"

The crowd responded with chants of "lock her up", a refrain of a phrase used against then-candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. "It is risky, not just for me and my family, but for public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs".

When asked about Whitmer's remarks that Trump's attacks against her endanger her safety as well as those of her family and other government officials, Pelosi agreed with the MI governor as she criticized the President for injecting "fear tactics".

Trump responded, "Lock 'em all up". "She blamed me", Trump said of Whitmer.

In questioning Donald Trump at last week's town hall about his indiscriminate retweeting about a conspiracy theory that Joe Biden orchestrated to have Seal Team 6 killed to cover up the fake death of Osama Bin Laden, NBC's Savannah Guthrie said, "I don't get that". Host Jake Tapper pressed her repeatedly on whether the president should tone down his rhetoric, but she said critics were misinterpreting his rally comments.

"He wasn't doing anything, I don't think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all".

Trump's daughter-in-law and campaign adviser, Lara Trump, sought to portray the incident as overblown and told CNN the president was "having fun". "Look, the president was at a rally. Of course he wasn't encouraging people to threaten this woman; that's ridiculous".

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday urged Trump to "realize that the words of the president of the United States weigh a ton".

Pelosi added that this is a "horrible situation" where "the biggest antidote to his poison is the vote".

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