After Donald Trump attacked Gretchen Whitmer at a demonstration rally in Michigan on Saturday calling for “Lock her in!”, An assistant to the governor said, “Every time the president does this at a meeting, the violent rhetoric against her immediately escalates: on social media. It has to stop. It just has to. “
Lara Trump, a campaign surrogate for her father-in-law, replied that the president was just “having fun”.
During his demonstration in Muskegon, Trump repeatedly targeted Whitmer and criticized state rules for stopping the spread of coronavirus, calling her “dishonest” and shed light on a fair plot to kidnap her – and possibly kill her – which was rejected by the FBI. .
Thirteen men have been charged in connection with the act, which included plans to storm the state capital and hold a sort of lawsuit. On stage, Trump took credit for the role of federal law enforcement in destroying the plot.
“They said she was threatened,” he said. “And she blamed me. Hopefully you send her pack pretty soon. ”
The audience’s song of “Lock her in!” was a rerun of chants Trump’s supporters targeted at Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.
Whitmer’s digital director, Tori Saylor, responded on Twitter. So did the governor.
“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,” Whitmer wrote.
On CNN’s Union of Union Sunday, Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump and a surrogate for her father-in-law, said the president “did nothing I do not think provoking people to threaten this woman at all.
“He had fun at a Trump rally and honestly, there are bigger problems than this right now for everyday Americans … he did not encourage people to threaten this woman, it’s ridiculous.”
Lara Trump also said, “Well, I want to show people my social media and the threats against me, the threats against my children.”
Lee Chatfield, the Republican spokesman for the Michigan House, wrote: “Trump did not sing ‘lock her’ about our governor. But others did, and it was wrong. She was literally just purposeful. Let us discuss differences. Let’s win elections. But not that. ”
When Trump fought in Michigan, the state added 1,791 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing its seven-day total to more than 10,000, a record. Wisconsin, where Trump fought later in the day, reported 3,861 new cases Friday, also a record.
In Muskegon, Trump smashed government anti-coronavirus measures.
“You need to get your governor to open your state and get your schools open,” he said. “Schools should be open, right?”
More than 8 million people have been infected with coronavirus in the United States, and nearly 220,000 have died. Biden continues to hammer Trump for his response.
“All President Trump is offering more Michigan lies and distractions,” Biden said. “No plan to bring the virus under control, no strategy to pull our economy out of this recession, no vision to unite the country.”
Trump told both of his rallies that Biden “will close the country, delay the vaccine and prolong the pandemic.” The president insisted that the country turn the corner against the disease.
Michigan and Wisconsin are important battlefield states that can contribute to victory in the Electoral College. Trump won both four years ago when he took the presidency despite losing the national popular vote to Clinton by nearly $ 3 million. But he is behind in both states this year.