Trump’s barbs against the Michigan governor, the target of a kidnapping operation, led to chants on Saturday imprisoning her.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer condemned US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against her at an election rally.

Among the barbs held at an event in Michigan on Saturday night was Donald Trump, who criticized Whitmer’s harsh response to the coronavirus, labeled it “dishonest” and apparently unearthed a foiled conspiracy to kidnap the Democratic governor.

Thirteen men, some members of a right-wing armed group, have since been charged with the conspiracy.

“They said she was threatened,” Trump told the crowd. “And she accused me. Hopefully you send them to packing soon. “

The crowd responded with chants of “lock her up,” a chorus of a phrase used against then-candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

Whitmer wrote on Twitter on Saturday: “This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family and other government officials at risk as we seek to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It has to stop. “

This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials at risk as we seek to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It has to stop. https://t.co/EWkNQx3Ppx

– Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October 17, 2020

Meanwhile, Whitmer’s digital director Tori Saylor tweeted, “I’m the governor’s assistant digital director. I see everything that is said about and about her online. Every time the president does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric against her immediately escalates on social media.

“It has to stop. It just has to be like that, ”she said.

I’m the governor’s assistant digital director. I see everything that is said about and about her online.

Every time the president does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric against her immediately escalates on social media.

It has to stop. It just has to be. https://t.co/eupQXzGydN

– Tori Saylor (@tori_saylor) October 17, 2020

Trump’s daughter-in-law and campaign advisor Lara Trump tried to exaggerate the incident, telling CNN the president was “having fun”.

“He didn’t do anything I don’t believe to provoke people to threaten this woman in the first place. He had fun at a Trump rally and honestly there are bigger problems here for everyday Americans, “she said before saying coronavirus restrictions need to be lifted because” people want to open up the country, “she said said on Sunday.

Trump, in the midst of an election campaign amid falling national polls, held rallies Saturday in Michigan and Wisconsin, where there has been a surge in coronavirus cases recently.

Mask use was mixed at both of the rallies, which were outdoors and showed little social distancing.

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