The feud between President Trump and Michigan Government Gretchen Whitmer heated up again Saturday night after attendees at a Trump rally in her home state shouted “Lock her in!” and the president told the audience, “Lock them all up.”
“It must stop,” the governor – who was the target of an abduction plan that was thwarted by the FBI last week – wrote on Twitter.
“This is exactly the rhetoric that has endangered the lives of me, my family and other officials as we try to save the lives of our Americans,” she wrote.
Whitmer’s tweet is linked to a clip from the president that tells thousands of fans in Muskegon on Saturday that they need to “get your governor to open your state.”
“And get your schools open. Get your schools open. Schools need to be open, right? Trump said as some in the crowd began to sing “Lock her in!”
“Lock them all up,” the president replied as the songs continued.
Whitmer’s remarks on Saturday echoed those she said about the president last Thursday, after authorities announced the arrest of 13 militia members who had allegedly planned to kidnap her as part of a scheme that also involved storming the Capitol and triggering another U.S. civil war.
The governor then slammed what she said was Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy and extremism in the United States
After the news of the kidnapping plot broke out, Trump compared Whitmer to “a dictator,” telling Fox Business News that “people can’t stand her” because of her harsh coronavirus lock-in restrictions.
“Our head of state has spent the last seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, instilling mistrust, provoking anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division,” she said at the time.