‘It needs to stop’: Whitmer slams Donald Trump for rally attack

US President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally on 17 October 2020 in Muskegon Michigan

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday said U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of her at a rally was "incredibly disturbing" after he called her "dishonest" and drew shouts of "lock her up" from the crowd. "Lock them all up!"

The event errupted into repeated "lock her up" chants, which Trump merely brushed off and added, 'lock them all up!' "Not only are we trying to make it through a pandemic, but think about all of the cancers that have gone unaddressed, think about the kids that aren't in school who use school to get their one meal a day".

The governor's deputy digital director took to Twitter attesting to "violent rhetoric" toward Whitmer escalating online "e$3 very single time the President does this at a rally". The plot against Whitmer was foiled when the Federal Bureau of Investigation and MI state police arrested 13 men, most of whom self-identify as Trump supporters. Whitmer said after the arrests that Trump's language gives comfort to these kinds of militia groups.

Ronna McDaniel said it was "inappropriate" for Whitmer to blame Trump for putting her in harm's way, in an interview on ABC's "This Week". "They're not threatening our governor and she's taking it way too far - once again".

"Biden and the Democrats want to keep MI locked down and locked up and closed for business", Trump said.

Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law and senior campaign adviser, similarly said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that it was "the president's Department of Justice that actually thwarted this attack".

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". Host Jake Tapper pressed her repeatedly on whether the president should tone down his rhetoric, but she said critics were misinterpreting his rally comments. "Look, the president was at a rally". Of course, he wasn't doing anything to threaten this woman. "We're glad she's safe, her family is safe". "The biggest antidote to his poison is the vote", she said.



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