Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenFeds investigates whether alleged Hunter Biden emails are linked to foreign intelligence operation: report Six takeaways from Trump and Biden’s dueling town halls Biden draws sharp contrast to Trump in low-key town hall MORE rev i President Trump Friday over his reaction to a foiled conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerDOJ veteran says he’s quitting Barr’s ‘slavish obedience’ to Trump Virginia’s governor on alleged kidnapping plan: Trump’s rhetoric ‘encouraging’ white supremacy The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Barrett declares independence to avoid confirmation issues MORE (D), accuses him of inciting tensions across the country.
Biden said the plot by a militia group to kidnap Whitmer, which the FBI repealed earlier this month, is “the kind of behavior you might expect from ISIS. [that] should shock the conscience of any American. ”
“But all President Trump is doing is mixing the flames of hatred and division in this country,” he told a meeting in Southfield, Mich.
Biden also noted at another campaign event later in the day in Detroit that Trump continued to attack Whitmer on the day the action was unveiled, with the president firing on the governor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying she was doing a “terrible job” and “Locked her condition down for all. “
“What the hell is wrong with this guy?” Biden asked.
The FBI says Whitmer was targeted by a militia group that planned to kidnap her and hold her hostage before the November election, with reports that the plotters had ties to the anti-government “boogaloo” movement.
Eight people have so far been charged in connection with the plot.
Whitmer first responded to the news of the kidnapping attempt, noting cases in which Trumps refused to reject white supremacy, saying, “Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a reprimand, but as a rallying cry, as a call for action,” and suggested the president was “accomplice” and triggered a harsh rebuke.
“My Department of Justice and Federal Law Enforcement announced today that they are lifting a dangerous plot against the governor of Michigan,” Trump tweeted. “Instead of saying thank you, she calls me a white supremacist – while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, anarchists, looters and mobsters who burn down democratic cities.
“I do NOT tolerate extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your president! He added.
Biden has made Trump’s character a cornerstone of his campaign, saying he decided to jump into the White House after the president said there were “fine people” on “both sides” of a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., In 2017 during which a counter-protester was killed.