Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) fired back at President Donald Trump on Saturday after he attacked her at a campaign rally in Muskegon, Michigan, a little more than a week after the FBI thwarted an alleged domestic terrorism plot to kidnap and possibly execute the Democratic governor.
Trump mocked her support of people wearing masks to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You gotta get your governor to open up your state, okay?” Trump told the crowd to thunderous applause.
“And get your schools open. The schools have to be open, right?” Trump added as the crowd began chanting, “lock her up,” a theme they often used when Trump brought up former Sec. Hillary Clinton.
About 15 minutes later, Trump appeared to mock and even cast doubt on the foiled plot to kidnap Whitmer.
“And then I guess they said she was threatened, right? She was threatened – and she blamed me! She blamed me,” Trump told the crowd.
The crowd broke out in more “lock her up” chants.
“Hopefully, you’re going to send her packing soon,” Trump said.
Whitmer responded via twitter, writing: “This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It needs to stop.”
This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It needs to stop. https://t.co/EWkNQx3Ppx
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October 17, 2020
The governor’s digital director explained that after Trump says things like this, she sees a huge increase in violent rhetoric about her online.
I am the Governor's Deputy Digital Director. I see everything that is said about and to her online.
Every single time the President does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric towards her immediately escalates on social media.
It has to stop. It just has to. https://t.co/eupQXzGydN
— Tori Saylor (@tori_saylor) October 17, 2020