Michigan Office of the Governor via APIn a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Michigan, on Oct. 8, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer linked an alleged plot to kidnap her to President Donald Trump, arguing Thursday in a speech hours after arrests were announced that Trump’s words had been a “rallying cry” for extremists.
Whitmer, a Democrat, claimed the Republican president has spent the last seven months “denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust, fomenting anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division.”
She singled out one of Trump’s comments in the first presidential debate, when he told a far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.”
“Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry,” Whitmer said.
“When our leaders