The scandals – a familiar refrain used against political enemies at Trump’s election campaign – emerged just over a week after authorities uncovered a failed plot to abduct Whitmer, who was allegedly motivated in part by the belief that the Michigan government was violating the Constitution with its restrictions on coronavirus. Trump has repeatedly condemned the response to the Whitmer pandemic as overly harsh with calls for “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” and he repeated his criticism at his Saturday rally in the oscillating state.
“You have to get your governor to open your state, okay?”; he said with a standing ovation at a rally in Muskegon, Michigan. – And open your schools. The crowd began chanting about Whitmer’s imprisonment, and Trump shook his head at one point but did not tamper with them.
“Lock them all up,” he said as the chanting continued amid a sea of red hats.
Tori Sailor, Whitmer’s deputy director of digital technology, immediately criticized Trump’s behavior as dangerous.
“I see everything that is said about her and her on the Internet,” Taylor wrote. “Every time the president does this at a rally, the harsh rhetoric about her immediately escalates on social media. This must stop. It just has to. ”
Whitmer received the same message, writing on Twitter on Saturday night: “It needs to stop.”
The alleged abduction plans, detailed earlier this month, have met the worst fears among those worried that vitriol against Whitmer and its pandemic policies could escalate, while highlighting the threat of violence by extremist groups. According to the FBI, the conspirators called Whitmer a tyrant, experimented with explosives and discussed plans to storm the Michigan Capitol.
After the conspiracy went public, Trump continued to condemn the governor of the Democratic Republic, saying she had done a “terrible job.” Whitmer defended her policy, saying she had made “a tough choice to protect our state.”
Trump seemed to be referring to a recent threat to the governor at one point on Saturday, addressing supporters in Muskegon.
“And then, apparently, they said she was threatened, right?” said Trump. “And she blamed me! … And our people worked with her people, so let’s see what happens. Let’s see what happens. ”
He went on to say that the FBI “should start considering the antifa.”
Members of an extremist group preparing for an anti-government uprising called the “bug” are involved in a conspiracy against Whitmer, according to authorities. People linked to the right-wing “bugalu-boa” movement have been charged with killing a security guard and conspiring to use explosives amid protests in the summer.
But the president continued to focus on left-wing groups and movements such as the antifa.
Whitmer was not the only political rival to anger Trump on Saturday. At the rally, he also repeatedly criticized the representative Ilhan Omar (Minister of Cities), appearing in the wrong pronunciation of her name. The moment came the day after Republican Sen. David Purdue (Georgia) was called in to mock the name of his Senate colleague and Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala D. Harris (California).
Trump said Saturday that Omar “I don’t really like our country, I don’t think so.” He accused unspecified people of seeking power, and then said, “God, help us if they ever get it … You just need to look for the whole world in different places.”
Omar is one of four colored liberal congressmen whom Trump has shamefully told to “return” to “the places where they came from, completely broken and overwhelmed with crime,” in comments that many called racist. Omar became a teenager and a US citizen, and the other three were born in the United States.
“When [Trump] He tells four American congress women to return to their home countries, and he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California) said on Twitter.