President Donald Trump once again sought to downplay and cast doubt on an armed terrorist plot to kidnap and kill Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), telling a campaign rally on Tuesday: “maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn’t.”
“I don’t think she likes me too much,” Trump said of Whitmer. “Hey, hey, hey, hey, I’m the one, it was our people that helped her out with her problem.”
“I mean, we’ll have to see if it’s a problem. Right? People are entitled to say maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn’t,” Trump told his rally in Lansing, Michigan.
“It was our people, my people, our people that helped her out and then she blamed me for it,” he added. “I don’t get it. How did you put her there?”
The FBI alleges a militia plotted to kidnap and kill Michigan Whitmer.
Trump is telling a crowd of supporters in the state that "people are entitled to say maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn't" pic.twitter.com/CiFkGEZU0C
— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) October 27, 2020
On October 8, 2020, the FBI announced the arrests of 13 suspects accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Whitmer and violently overthrow the state government. The suspects were tied to a paramilitary militia group that called themselves the Wolverine Watchmen, which was founded by two of the suspects. Six of the suspects were charged in federal court, while the other seven were charged with state crimes.