President Donald Trump ranted about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday night after the FBI announced they had thwarted a right-wing conspiracy to kidnap and possibly kill Whitmer.
Following the FBI’s announcement on Thursday, Whitmer had slammed Trump over his refusal to denounce right-wing extremist groups, particularly white supremacists, during the first presidential debate less than two weeks ago.
“Hate groups heard the President’s words not as a rebuke but as a rallying cry, as a call to action,” said the governor.
In response, Trump tweeted that Whitmer “has done a terrible job” with her emergency restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic; restrictions that had allegedly infuriated the 13 charged suspects in the FBI case to the point where they allegedly devised a scheme in which they would kidnap Whitmer and put her “on trial.” Several of the suspects allegedly floated the possibility of killing the governor.
The President also complained about Whitmer’s lack of gratitude toward him personally after the feds foiled the kidnapping plot on Thursday.
“My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan,” he tweeted. “Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities.”
Trump attacked Whitmer again during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night.
“I see Whitmer today, she’s complaining, but it was our Justice Department that arrested the people that she was complaining about,” the President said. “It was my Justice Department that arrested them, but instead she goes and does her little political act.”
He ranted again that the Michigan governor is doing “a horrible thing to the people” by imposing requirements on masks and indoor capacity limits to keep COVID-19 from spreading.
Whitmer’s office did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.
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