Hours after Governor Gretchen Whitmer accused Donald Trump of “inciting” domestic terrorism by repeatedly attacking him during his rallies following a kidnapping plot against her, the President taken to twitter to spark yet another bizarre slander: that it was the Governor who was in fact somehow trying to incite assassination attempts against him.
At a rally in Michigan on Saturday, the president appeared to reject what cops and the FBI called a violent, militia-infused plan to kidnap and possibly even kill the governor, saying, “I guess so. they said she was threatened. ” As Trump took aim at her because of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, the crowd chanted “lock her up”, prompting the president to join him.
“Lock them all,” he said in response to the chants.
“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put the lives of me, my family and other officials at risk as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. This has to stop, ”Whitmer reacted on Twitter during the weekend.
Interviewing Whitmer on NBC News’ Meet the press, moderator Chuck Todd wondered aloud how the president’s continued flanks were impacting the polarizing but popular Democratic governor.
“What does something like that do to you personally?” I’m just – I know how you act professionally here. I’m just wondering how this affects your family personally. I mean, it’s a lot of stuff to deal with, ”Todd asked.
“You know, it is incredibly disturbing that the President of the United States, ten days after a conspiracy to kidnap, puts me on trial and executes me – ten days after this was discovered – the President starts over and inspires and encourages and inciting this type of internal terrorism, ”she said. “It is wrong. It must end.
“It’s dangerous, not only for me and my family, but for public servants all over the world who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans,” Whitmer continued.
As the Michigan governor denounced the president’s rhetoric and how it appears to stoke extremism, the Trump team began Sunday with mostly lame defense attempts.
Safer Fox News Sunday, for example, senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller was asked whether or not the president regretted his attacks on the governor or joined in the chants, replying, “No, not at all.”
Miller then suggested that Whitmer deserved to be the target of harsh rhetoric because of his handling of the pandemic, which resulted in protests against the state’s stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines.
Then the campaign unleashed a new, genuinely disturbed line of counterattack.
On Twitter, the President’s War Room account claimed that numbers 86 and 45 – which appeared in the background of the Whitmer Meet the press broadcast – were some kind of code targeting Trump.
“By Gretchen Whitmer’s own standard of posting something encouraging people to ’86’, the president uses dangerous rhetoric. said Courtney Parella, deputy national press secretary for the campaign.
In a statement, Bobby Leddy, a spokesperson for Whitmer’s campaign, told the Daily Beast, “The silly season is officially here. It’s pretty clear that no one in the Trump campaign has ever worked in the restaurant business. Here’s the gist: The President isn’t just a super broadcaster of COVID-19, he’s also a super broadcaster of hate and fear. His confrontational rhetoric must end and we need a president who will bring Americans together to defeat COVID-19.
Leddy then came up with a Merriam-Webster definition of how many the Trump campaign had taken such shade: “refuse to serve (a customer); also: get rid of: throw away. “
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