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Whitmer: 'It's Got to End'

Michigan's governor responds to chants of 'lock her up' at Trump rally
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2020 2:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that President Trump is inciting "domestic terrorism" following "lock her up" chants at his rally in the state the night before, the AP reports. Whitmer told NBC's Meet the Press that the rhetoric is "incredibly disturbing" a little more than a week after authorities announced they had thwarted an alleged plot to kidnap the Democratic governor. "The president is at it again and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism," Whitmer said. "It is wrong. It's got to end. It is dangerous, not just for me and my family, but for public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans. People of good will on both sides of the aisle need to step up and call this out and bring the heat down."

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At a rally in Muskegon Saturday evening, Trump urged supporters to push Whitmer to reopen the state following COVID-19 restrictions. When the crowd starting chanting "lock her up" Trump added, "Lock 'em all up." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking on ABC's This Week, said Trump's statements were "irresponsible" and accused him of injecting fear tactics. Several Republican and Trump campaign officials appeared on Sunday news shows to defend the president. "He wasn't doing anything, I don't think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all. He was having fun at a Trump rally, and, quite frankly, there are bigger issues than this right now for everyday Americans," Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law and a senior campaign advisor, said on CNN's State of the Union.

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