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Politics Pelosi backs Michigan governor who was the target of a foiled kidnapping attempt, slams Trump's rhetoric as 'irresponsible'

17:40  18 october  2020
17:40  18 october  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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"To kidnap an American leader is the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS and should shock Following news of the attempted kidnapping of Whitmer, Trump tore into the governor who has Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday slammed President Donald Trump for his response to the foiled kidnapping attempt of Michigan Whitmer after the arrests criticized Trump for his rhetoric

GOVERNOR Gretchen Whitmer has slammed Michigan Trump fans for chanting "lock her up" at a But the governor , who was targeted by at least six men with ties to the Boogaloo Boys movement "This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger

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  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday backed up Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's assertions that President Donald Trump's rhetoric is dangerous and incites violence.
  • Last week, Whitmer was the target of an elaborate kidnapping plot that got foiled by the FBI.
  • Since the men behind the attack have been arrested, Whitmer has accused Trump of using rhetoric that sows division and hatred.
  • "The president has to realize that words of the president of the United States weigh a ton," Pelosi said Sunday, echoing Whitmer's comments.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday echoed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's assertions that President Donald Trump's rhetoric is dangerous and incites violence.

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Whitmer was the target of a foiled kidnapping attempt last week. The FBI said the agency has arrested a group of militia members on charges of suspicion to plot to kidnap and hold her hostage. The men behind the foiled attempt had been monitoring Whitmer's vacation home and building bombs, according to the FBI.

Following news of the attempted kidnapping, Trump had not denounced the men allegedly behind the attack but tore into the governor, saying she's "done a terrible job."

"She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband's boating activities," he tweeted.

Trump at a campaign rally on Saturday again criticized Whitmer for issuing executive orders meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus in Michigan. The crowd responded by chanting "lock her up," a phrase first chanted by Trump supporters during the 2016 presidential election and in reference to Hillary Clinton.

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Trump -Loving OH Company Failed to Deliver Ballots on Time. Gretchen Whitmer, Target of Kidnapping Plot. The Democratic state leader has long been the subject of Trump ’ s ire and insults, regardless of the plot against her, in response to the public health measures she has taken against

Joe Biden said President Donald Trump bears blame for the alleged domestic terrorist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, pointing in a speech Friday to Trump ' s calls on Twitter to "liberate Michigan " in the wake of the Democratic governor 's coronavirus-related restrictions.

"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," Whitmer said in response to Trump's  Saturday rally. "It needs to stop."

Pelosi backed her up Sunday, characterizing Trump's language as "irresponsible."

"The president has to realize that words of the president of the United States weigh a ton. And in our political dialogue, to inject fear tactics into it — especially a woman governor and her family — is so irresponsible," she said on ABC's "This Week."

"And in all fairness to people who listen to him, people think the president is important and what he says should be adhered to," she continued. "And so we have this horrible situation. But the people have awakened to him. 26 million people already voting. The biggest antidote to his poison is the vote."

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Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer slams Trump in response to kidnapping plot – video. Whitmer, a Democrat, has been the frequent target of protests by often heavily armed anti-lockdown groups who have launched numerous demonstrations against her efforts to control the spread of the

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Other heavyweight lawmakers have also criticized Trump's response following the news of the kidnapping attempt.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden slammed Trump earlier this week, calling his attacks on Whitmer "despicable."

"That was a planned act of terrorism, a plot," Biden said. "To kidnap an American leader is the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS and should shock the conscience of every American, to see that sort of twisted thinking take root here in America."

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a vocal Democratic critic of House leadership, said she would back Pelosi if no progressive challenger surfaced. © Jose Luis Magana, AP House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Oct. 22, 2020. Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez sparred even before Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest-ever female member of the House. In Nov. 2018, Ocasio-Cortez joined members of the Sunrise Movement, an environmental activist group, during a sit-in outside Pelosi's office.

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