Politics Gretchen Whitmer accuses Trump of inciting 'domestic terrorism' after his supporters chanted 'lock her up' at his rally following a foiled plot to kidnap her
Trump says Whitmer didn't say 'thank you' after thwarted kidnapped plot. She did thank law enforcement
Whitmer thanked law enforcement in her press conference on Thursday but criticized Trump for his responses to hate groups.Seven additional people are also facing state charges pursuant to Michigan's anti-terrorism act in connection to the alleged plot.
- During a Sunday appearance on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer accused President Donald Trump of "inciting... domestic terrorism" after he laughed when his supporters began a "lock her up" chant at a Saturday rally.
- The chant came about one week after the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it had foiled a months-long plot of a milia group to kidnap Whitmer.
- "Ten days after that was uncovered, the president is at it again and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism," Whitmer said Sunday.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, on Sunday criticized President Trump for his actions at a Saturday rally in the state and said he was "inciting... domestic terrorism."
AG: Michigan governor, family were moved as plotters tracked
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her family were at times moved around by authorities as law enforcement tracked the men who allegedly plotted for months to kidnap her, Michigan's attorney general said Friday. Dana Nessel disclosed the detail to “CBS This Morning." She said the Democratic governor was consistently updated about the investigation over the past couple months. “She was aware of things that were happening," NesselDana Nessel disclosed the detail to “CBS This Morning." She said the Democratic governor was consistently updated about the investigation over the past couple months.
"It's incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States, 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial and execute me," Whitmer"Ten days after that was uncovered, the president is at it again and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism."
"It is wrong," she added. "It's got to end. It is dangerous, not just for me & my family, but for public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans."
At a rally in Michigan for his reelection on Saturday,the chant popularized by the president and his supporters in 2016 against then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, after Trump said Whitmer had "done a terrible job" and criticized her actions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The alleged kidnapping plot against the Michigan governor as told in photos
A photo series showing how the kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unfolded. Tensions between Whitmer, the state's second female governor, and right-wing activists have been playing out publicly, with large protests through the spring and summer as the governor instituted restrictions to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In response to his supporters, Trump laughed and responded with "lock 'em all up." The moment came just about one week after the FBI announced it had foiled a plot hatched by a group of men who allegedly planned to kidnap Whitmer. More than a dozen men —— have since been charged in relation to the monthslong plot.
Whitmer, who also during her Sunday appearance addressed the COVID-19 spike in her state, called on Americans to call out the president's behaviour and to "bring the heat down."
"This is the United States of America," she said. "We do not tolerate actions like he is giving comfort to and that's why we all have to be in this together."
In an interview on ABC "This Week" also on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, showed support for Whitmer,.
"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.
Gov. Whitmer says she has 'always felt safe' but doubles down on charges that extremists are 'finding comfort' in Republican rhetoric
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who was the target of a failed kidnapping plot, said she remains "concerned about safety and integrity going into this election."Whitmer was a target of a failed kidnapping plot by at least six men who had ties to the militant "boogaloo" movement that allegedly urged its members to conduct surveillance on the governor's private home.
Two top campaign staffers for President Trump defended his encouragement of "lock her up" chants, as.
Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law and senior campaign advisor, argued on Sunday that the "lock her up" chants were not meant to cause any harm to the Democratic governor, but that he was "having fun."
"He wasn't doing anything, I don't think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all," she said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union,"
"He was having fun at a Trump rally. And quite frankly, there are bigger issues than this right now for everyday Americans. People want to get the country reopened ... So I think people are frustrated. Look, the president was at a rally. It's a fun, light atmosphere. Of course, he wasn't encouraging people to threaten this woman."
Jason Miller, a senior advisor on the Trump campaign, made an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," where he stated that the president had no regrets about his rhetoric against Whitmer.
"I think the fact of the matter is many residents of Michigan are pretty frustrated with the governor," Miller said, adding that "they want to see the state open back up."
How FBI says Michigan gov kidnapping plot went from texts, small gatherings to raid .
14 men are accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The FBI revealed the men’s alleged paramilitary operation earlier this month, which included sinister plots to execute government officials, storm the capitol building with explosives and send bombs codenamed “cupcakes.