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Gov. Whitmer Blames Trump For Foiled Plot To Kill Her: He’s ‘Complicit’ With ‘Domestic Terrorists’


Gov. Whitmer Blames Trump For Foiled Plot To Kill Her: He’s ‘Complicit’ With ‘Domestic Terrorists’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said President Donald Trump shared some responsibility for an alleged plot by 13 people to kidnap her from her El Rapids vacation home, saying he “legitimized” domestic terrorists.

“This should be a moment for national unity, where we all pull together as Americans to meet this challenge head on,” Whitmer said in an address from Lansing, speaking in reference to the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday. “Instead, our head of state has spent the past seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust, fomenting anger, and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division.

“Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” she added.

“‘Stand back and stand by,’ he told them. Stand back and stand by. Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action. When our leaders speaks, their words matter. They carry weight. When our leaders meet with, encourage, or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions, and they are complicit. When they stoke and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit,” she said.

She added: “Wear your masks. Stay six feet apart. Wash your hands frequently, and look out for your neighbors. We are Michiganders, and I know that we can get through this. We will get through this. So let’s get through it together.”


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