- During a campaign rally in Michigan on Saturday, President Donald Trump’s government criticized Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 restrictions, prompting audiences to sing “lock her in.”
- Trump responded to the audience’s song with “lock them all up.”
- The allegations came about a week after the FBI said it was claiming a right-wing militia plan to kidnap Whitmer.
- Whitmer responded on Twitter, saying: “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.”
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During a campaign rally in Michigan on Saturday, President Donald Trump̵
Trump responded to the song with “lock them all up.”
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Whitmer took to Twitter to respond.
“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 said. “It must stop.”
Authorities announced on October 8 that 13 men had been charged in connection with plans to kidnap Whitmer and overthrow the state government.
Federal prosecutors said the scheme included months of planning and involved monitoring the governor’s cottage and building bombs.
Whitmer has already criticized the president’s reaction to the kidnapping plan, saying his administration “did nothing” when she first raised concerns about her safety.
She has been the subject of backlash from the president and other Republican lawmakers for her response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, armed protesters stormed the Michigan capital to oppose the governor’s state lock. At the time, Trump had called on his supporters in a tweet for “LIBERATE MICHIGAN.”