Michigan Gov. Whitmer calls Trump's latest broadsides 'incredibly disturbing'

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said Trump's rhetoric puts her in danger

On Saturday night, Trump echoed his supporters' "lock her up" chants as he brought up Whitmer, who he has repeatedly criticized for the COVID-19 restrictions she implemented.

Thirteen men, some members of a right-wing armed group, have since been charged in that plot.

"Lock them all up", Trump concurred.

'You got to get your governor to open up your state, okay?' he told the crowd of mainly maskless supporters.

Democrats have sought to tie Trump to the alleged plot against Whitmer, pointing to the president's tweet earlier this year to "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" after Whitmer restricted personal movement and the economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

At his Saturday rally in Muskegon, Mich., Trump set out to prove Guthrie wrong with an nearly unbelievable string of "did he really just say that" moments.

As the chant grew louder, Trump laughed with acknowledgment, saying, "Lock 'em all up". "And she blamed me".

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".

Trump touted the role of federal authorities in stopping the alleged plot before urging them to focus more on left-wing 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".

Donald Trump campaigned in Nevada on Sunday, receiving a blessing from pastors at a Las Vegas church who appeared to pray for his re-election. "It just has to", she said.

But Trump's senior adviser and daughter-in-law Lara Trump dismissed the rally's chants as part of the "fun" setting.

Asked about whether the President has any regrets about his incendiary remarks toward Whitmer during an interview on Fox News Sunday, Miller denied the notion as he repeated Trump's call for the MI governor to "open up your state". "Look, the president was at a rally. Of course he wasn't encouraging people to threaten this woman; that's ridiculous". "That's ridiculous", she later added.

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