Wednesday, 28 October, 2020

RNC chair defends Trump, challenges MI governor's handling of pandemic

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said Trump's rhetoric puts her in danger Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said Trump's rhetoric puts her in danger
Deanna Wagner | 18 October, 2020, 21:23

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.

Trump also stoked the crowd by saying that it's "beautiful" when the National Guard gets into physical altercations with protestors. Get your schools open!

"Lock 'em all up", Trump said.

The 14 men charged are right-wing extremists who plotted to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in MI. And get your schools open!

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".

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.

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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.

Asked again about the threats Whitmer has received, Trump hit back that she has gotten threats as well and that "this is not just on one side". "And she blamed me".

"And quite frankly, there are bigger issues than this right now for everyday Americans".

Trump touted the role of federal authorities in stopping the alleged plot before urging them to focus more on leftwing extremists: "I have to tell you something: Our FBI has to start looking at antifa, and they have to start looking at some people they are not looking at like they should be". "I think Governor Whitmer is really inappropriate to try to lay blame at the president". It's a fun, light atmosphere. "Of course he wasn't encouraging people to threaten this woman; that's ridiculous".

CNN's Jake Tapper acknowledged that threats against her or her family are "detestable" before asking Trump whether the President himself should "tone it down".