"You know, it's incredibly disturbing that the President of the United States, 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial and execute me, 10 days after that was uncovered, the President is at it again and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism", Whitmer said in an interview on NBC.
To which the crowd began chanting "Lock her up!"
Whitmer was quick to respond on Twitter to Trump's attack, writing "This is the 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".
At a rally in Muskegon Saturday evening, Trump urged supporters to push Whitmer to reopen the state following COVID-19 restrictions.
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.
When asked about Whitmer's remarks that Trump's attacks against her endanger her safety as well as those of her family and other government officials, Pelosi agreed with the MI governor as she criticized the President for injecting "fear tactics". I see everything that is said about and to her online.
Trump responded, "Lock 'em all up". She was threatened. And she blamed me! "I think Gov. Whitmer is really inappropriate to try and lay blame at the president".
Trump also stoked the crowd by saying that it's "beautiful" when the National Guard gets into physical altercations with protestors. Host Jake Tapper pressed her repeatedly on whether the president should tone down his rhetoric, but she said critics were misinterpreting his rally comments.
Trump's daughter-in-law and campaign adviser, Lara Trump, sought to portray the incident as overblown and told CNN the president was "having fun". It's a fun, light atmosphere.
Several Republican and Trump campaign officials appeared on Sunday news shows to defend the president.
"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". "The biggest antidote to his poison is the vote", she said.