The feud between President Trump and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer flared up again on Saturday night after participants in a Trump rally in her home state chanted “Lock her up!” And the president told the crowd, “Lock them all.”
“It must stop,” the governor, who was the subject of a kidnapping plot thwarted by the FBI last week, wrote on Twitter.
“It is this rhetoric that puts the lives of me, my family and other government officials in danger as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” she wrote.
Whitmer’s tweet linked to a video of the president telling thousands of fans on Saturday in Muskegon that they should “make your governor open your country.”
“And open your schools. Open your schools. Schools should be open, right? Trump said when some of the crowd started chanting “lock her up!”
“Lock them all,” the president replied as the chanting continued.
Whitmer’s remarks echoed those she made for president last Thursday after authorities announced the arrests of 13 police officers who were allegedly planning to abduct her as part of a scheme that also included storming the state Capitol and second American Civil War.
The governor then resented Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy and extremism in the United States.
After the news of the kidnapping plot broke out, Trump likened Whitmer to a “dictator,” telling Fox Business News that “people can’t stand her” because of her strict restrictions on blocking the coronavirus.
“Our head of state has spent the last seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, inciting mistrust, inciting anger and consoling those who spread fear, hatred and division,” she said at the time.