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Politics Trump rally crowd chants 'lock her up' about Michigan Gov. Whitmer, target of alleged kidnapping plot

02:15  18 october  2020
02:15  18 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

One piece of alleged extremist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included a 'plan to target and kill police'

  One piece of alleged extremist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included a 'plan to target and kill police' Law enforcement is on high alert in Michigan as alleged plot involving alleged anti-government activists included targeting police."We're cautious. We're absolutely more careful," said First Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police. "This is one of the tactics these anti-government, domestic terrorism groups use. Law enforcement is the face of the government. if you're mad at the government, you're mad at the police.

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Whitmer was allegedly targeted by a group of militia members who were arrested last week on charges they were plotting to kidnap her and hold The president, the White House and the Trump campaign all praised the FBI for breaking up the plot , but continued to pummel the Democratic governor .

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump slammed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a rally in the state Saturday, prompting repeated chants of "lock her up" from the crowd weeks after the FBI foiled a kidnapping plot aimed at the Democratic leader.

"Be careful of her and her attorney general because you know they're like in charge of the ballot stuff," Trump said during 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 frequently attacked Whitmer for her administration's effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by imposing strict lockdowns of gatherings in the state, which the Republican president believes went too far . But the remarks combined with the "lock her up" chants drew renewed attention from Democrats following the kidnapping plot.

'They're amateurs': Feds say plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was dangerous, poorly planned

  'They're amateurs': Feds say plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was dangerous, poorly planned U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Berens agreed the government had probable cause to charge the six defendants, despite objections by defense lawyers.This is what the prosecution argued in court Friday in convincing a judge to order six men to stand trial on charges they plotted for months to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because they were angry over her lockdown order.

The alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer , and discussions about also kidnapping Virginia Gov . Ralph Northam, another Democrat, were fueled by anger over their Covid-19 lockdown measures. In April, after armed protests at the state capitol by members of militia groups and others, Trump tweeted

Following news of the attempted kidnapping of Whitmer , Trump tore into the governor who has been an outspoken critic of the president, saying she's "done a Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday slammed President Donald Trump for his response to the foiled kidnapping attempt of Michigan Gov .

a man wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Muskegon County Airport in Muskegon, Michigan on October 17, 2020. © MANDEL NGAN, AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Muskegon County Airport in Muskegon, Michigan on October 17, 2020.

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More than a dozen members of an anti-government group have been charged in the plot.

"They said she was threatened," Trump said at one point. "And she blamed me."

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Whitmer responded on Twitter while Trump was still speaking.

"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 the election's most important battlegrounds, at least four times this year. He narrowly won Michigan in 2016, but current polling in the state shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading there.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump rally crowd chants 'lock her up' about Michigan Gov. Whitmer, target of alleged kidnapping plot

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