DETROIT (AP) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that President Donald Trump led “domestic terrorism” following “lock her up” anthems at her state rally last night.
Whitmer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the rhetoric was “incredibly disturbing” a little over a week after authorities announced they had thwarted an alleged attempt to overthrow the Democratic governor.
“The president is here again and provides inspiration and incentives and incentives to this type of domestic terrorism,” Whitmer said. “It is wrong. It will end. It is dangerous, not only for me and my family, but for the public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans. People of good will on both sides. the side of the hallway needs to be raised and called it and release the heat. “
At a rally in Muskegon Saturday night, Trump urged supporters to push Whitmer to reopen the state following COVID-19 restrictions. When the crowd began to chant “lock him up” Trump added, “They lock everyone up.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking on “This Week,” described Trump’s statements as “irresponsible” and accused him of introducing fear tactics.
Many Republican and Trump campaign officials have appeared on news shows to defend the president.
“She’s doing nothing, I think, to provoke people even if this woman is a threat. She enjoyed a Trump rally, and, honestly, more issues than ever before for daily Americans, “Lara Trump, the president’s son-in-law and a senior campaign advisor, told CNN” State of the Union. “
Democrats demanded to tie Trump to the alleged plot against Whitmer, pointing to the president’s tweet last year on “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” after Whitmer restricted personal movement and the economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Michigan – specifically the Detroit area – was quickly hit during the pandemic. Many of the boundaries have been removed.
Authorities accused members of two anti-government paramilitary groups participated in Whitmer’s kidnapping planning, although some were charged under federal law and others were under state law. Six men, led by Adam Fox of Michigan III% ers, have been charged in federal court with conspiracy to kidnap him. Eight others believed to be members or members of a group called the Wolverine Watchmen were charged in state court with counts including providing material support for terrorist acts.
Some Wolverine Watchmen have been accused of planning other violent crimes, such as assaults on the Michigan Capitol building and assaulting law enforcement officials.