Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who the Federal Bureau of Investigation says was targeted by a foiled kidnapping plot, on Sunday accused President Trump of fanning the flames of domestic terrorism when he didn't put a stop to chants of "lock her up!" that erupted the day before during a rally in her home state.
At the MI rally Saturday, Trump said of Whitmer, "I guess they said she was threatened and she blamed me". He's instead heard saying, "Lock them all up".
And some of them started chanting "lock her up!" Get your schools open!
On Saturday night, just 17 days before Election Day, Trump held a rally in Muskegon, Mich., where he downplayed the plot against Whitmer and castigated the Democrat for local lockdown measures aimed at curtailing the coronavirus.
Pressed on the President's amplification of his supporters' "lock her up" chants the morning after, Lara Trump piggybacked off of her father-in-law's talking point that his Department of Justice "actually thwarted this attack against" the MI governor.
"I'm glad that President Trump's [Department of Justice] was able to get these psychopaths and put them away", Miller said, "but the fact of the matter is, people in MI want to get their state opened back up".
The 14 men charged are right-wing extremists who plotted to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in MI. "She blamed me", Trump said of Whitmer. "It just has to", she said.
Trump, who is in the midst of a campaign push amid slumping national polls, held rallies in MI and Wisconsin on Saturday, where there has been a recent surge in coronavirus cases.
Trump denied that the President was doing anything to "provoke" people to threaten Whitmer and quipped that "he was having fun at a Trump rally". "They want to get back to work", Trump said. "I think Gov. Whitmer is really inappropriate to try and lay blame at the president". It's a fun, light atmosphere.
"And in our political dialogue, to inject fear tactics into it, especially a woman governor and her family, is so irresponsible", Pelosi continued, speaking on ABC's "This Week". "Of course he wasn't encouraging people to threaten this woman".