After Donald Trump attacked Gretchen Whitmer at a rally in Michigan on Saturday, chanting “Lock her up!”, The aide to the governor said: This must stop. It just has to. “
Lara Trump, a campaign surrogate for her father-in-law, said the president was just “having fun.”
At his rally in Muskegon, Trump repeatedly targeted Whitmer, criticizing government regulations to stop the spread of the coronavirus, calling it “dishonest”; and plotting a human rights abduction – and possibly murder – that was thwarted by the FBI.
Thirteen men have been charged in connection with a conspiracy that included plans to storm the state capital and hold a trial. On stage, Trump acknowledged the role of federal law enforcement in disrupting the plot.
“They said she was threatened,” he said. “And she blamed me. We hope you can send her a package soon. “
The crowd chants, “Lock her up!” was a repression of chants by Trump supporters aimed at Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.
Whitmer’s digital director Tori Sailor responded on Twitter. The governor did the same.
“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put the lives of me, my family and other government officials at risk as we try to save the lives of our compatriots,” Whitmer wrote.
On CNN on Sunday, Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife and campaign surrogate for her father-in-law, said the president “did nothing that I thought provoked people to threaten the woman at all.”
“He was having fun at the Trump rally, and to be honest, there are more important issues for everyday Americans now than that … he didn’t encourage people to threaten this woman, that’s ridiculous.”
Lara Trump also said, “Well, God, I’d like to show people my social networks and the threats to me, the threats to my children.”
Lee Chatfield, the speaker of the Republican Party in Michigan, wrote: “Trump did not chant” close it “about our governor. But others did, and it was wrong. She was literally just targeted. Let’s discuss the differences. We will win the election. But it’s not that. “
During Trump’s campaign in Michigan, the state added a new Covid-19 case on Saturday, 1791, to a total of more than 10,000, which is a record. In Wisconsin, where Trump campaigned later that day, 3,861 new cases, also a record, were reported on Friday.
In Muskegon, Trump touched on state anti-coronavirus measures.
“You have to get your governor to open the state and open the schools,” he said. “Schools need to be open, right?”
More than 8 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the United States and nearly 220,000 have died. Biden continues to kill Trump for his response.
“All that President Trump is offering to the people of Michigan is more lies and distractions,” Biden said. “There is no plan to control the virus, no strategy to get our economy out of this recession, no vision of uniting the country.”
Trump told both of his rallies that Biden would “close the country, delay the vaccine and continue the pandemic.” The president insisted that the country shift the angle of the disease.
Michigan and Wisconsin are key states on the battlefield that can help win the election. Trump won both years four years ago when he took office, despite Clinton losing the national vote by nearly 3 million votes. But this year it is lagging behind in both states.