Gretchen Whitmer has criticized Michigan's MAGA fans and President Trump for a chorus of "lock her up" chants, saying that rhetoric has endangered her family. Trump told his supporters at the start of his rally. He then resumed: "I guess they say she was threatened and she blamed me".
As Trump held a rally in MI on Saturday, he scoffed at Whitmer blaming him for threats against her; and when the crowd chanted "lock her up", he responded with "lock them all up". Get your schools open.
At the rally, Trump hammered Whitmer for keeping the state locked down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
A number of members or associates of the militia group Wolverine Watchmen face an array of state and federal charges for allegedly trying to kidnap Whitmer. 'And get your schools open'.
As McDaniel continued to claim Trump's rallygoers were calling for lockdowns to end instead of threatening her, Stephanopoulos noted that Whitmer tends to receive more social media threats whenever Trump attacks her.
After saying that the alleged plot against Whitmer is "awful" and that "no one should ever have this thing happen to them", Trump echoed the President by arguing that "people are frustrated around America" and in MI, particularly, when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions. Host Jake Tapper pressed her repeatedly on whether the president should tone down his rhetoric, but she said critics were misinterpreting his rally comments.
"He wasn't doing anything, I don't think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all", she told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. "He was having fun at a Trump rally", she said.
"Biden and the Democrats want to keep MI locked down and locked up and closed for business", Trump said. It's a fun, light atmosphere. "Of course he wasn't encouraging people to threaten this woman".