- At a campaign rally in Michigan on Saturday, President Donald Trump criticized COGID-19’s restriction on Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who urged the crowd to shout “imprison him.”
- Trump responded to the chant of the crowd with “lock them all.”
- The sentences came about a week after the FBI said it had thwarted a winged militia plot to kidnap Whitmer.
- Whitmer responded on Twitter, saying, “This is exactly the rhetoric that put me, my family, and other government officials at risk as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans.”
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At a campaign rally in Michigan on Saturday, President Donald Trump criticized Governor Gretchen Whitmer̵7;s coronavirus restrictions, urging the crowd to shout “lock him up,” less than two weeks after the FBI said it had failed. its a militia wing on the right to seize him.
Trump responded to the chant with “lock them all.”
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Whitmer took to Twitter to respond.
“This is exactly the rhetoric that puts me, my family, and other government officials at risk as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” he said. “We need to stop.”
Authorities announced Oct. 8 that 13 men had been charged in connection with the plot to seize Whitmer and overthrow the state government.
The federal prosecutor said the scheme included months of planning, and involved monitoring the governor’s vacation home and building bombs.
Whitmer had already criticized the president’s response to the kidnapping plot, saying his administration had “done nothing” when he first raised concerns about his safety.
He is facing blowback from the president and other Republican legislators for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, armed protesters descended on the Michigan capital to protest the entire governor’s lockdown. At the time, Trump called his supporters in a tweet “LIBERATE MICHIGAN.”