Oct 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Whitmer slams Trump after "lock her up" chants at rally: "It needs to stop"

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer mmakes a speech at Beech Woods Recreation Center October 16

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer makes a speech at Beech Woods Recreation Center in Southfield, Michigan, on Friday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) denounced President Trump Saturday for endangering her with his rhetoric after he responded to "lock her up" chants at a rally in Muskegon, Michigan, by saying "lock 'em all up."

The big picture: Trump criticized Whitmer's handling of the pandemic, urging the rally crowd to get her to "open up your state." Authorities have charged eight people over an alleged plot to raid Michigan's Capitol building and kidnap her. An FBI agent testified last Tuesday there were similar plans targeting Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D).

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