Michigan Governor Whitmer says Trump incites domestic terrorism after ‘locked up’ chants at rally
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is on stage at an event where General Motors announced that GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant will build the Cruise Origin autonomous shuttle on January 27, 2020 in Hamtramck, Michigan.
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Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Sunday that the president Donald trump fueled domestic terrorism a day after her criticism of her Covid-19 mitigation efforts at a rally in the state prompted her supporters to chant “Lock her up!”
“The President is starting over, and inspires, encourages and incites this kind of domestic terrorism. It is wrong. It has to stop,” Whitmer said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
At his campaign rally in Muskegon, Michigan on Saturday, Trump criticized what he called the “draconian, unscientific Whitmer lockdown.”
“You have to ask your governor to open your state and open your schools. Schools must be open, right? Trump said.
Schools across the state have already been cleared to open, although many are facing new outbreaks of the coronavirus.
His comments came less than two weeks after 13 people have been charged with a plot to kidnap Whitmer and “try” her for treason. A 14th person has since been charged. Whitmer had previously suggested that Trump, who had criticized his lockdown measures as being too harsh, was “complicit” in the plot because of his rhetoric.
Whitmer said it was troubling to her that the President resumed his attacks “10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial and execute me” was discovered.
“It is dangerous, not only to me and my family, but to public servants around the world who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans,” Whitmer said. “People of goodwill on both sides of the aisle have to step in and call it and turn the heat down.”
Whitmer’s deputy digital director Tori Saylor said in a Twitter post on Saturday that the president’s comments had led to an increase in the vitriol directed against the governor online.
“Anytime the president does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric against him immediately escalates on social media,” Saylor wrote.
Republicans and Democrats criticized the chants of confinement directed at Whitmer, which became popular during Trump’s campaign in 2016 when they were directed against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Michigan Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield wrote in a Twitter post that he was “proud to speak up for the president tonight! I’m delighted to vote for him again. And no, Trump does. didn’t chant “lock she’s talking about our governor. “
“But others did and it was wrong,” he added. “She was literally just targeted. Let’s debate the differences. Let’s win the election. But not this.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Called Trump’s rhetoric “irresponsible” in an ABC interview Sunday on “This Week.”
“The president must realize that the words of the President of the United States weigh a ton,” she said.
Trump’s rally in Michigan is part of a Trump effort to build support in the Midwest, which was crucial to his 2016 victory over Clinton.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, leads Trump in the state by about seven percentage points on average in state polls.
The White House and Trump re-election campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.