Following the announcement by federal and state officials, Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller accused the governor of linking Trump rhetoric to the plot in previous television remarks, saying he “wakes up daily with such hatred” in her. for Trump.
“You know, the fact that after a conspiracy to kidnap me and kill me, that’s what they come up with. They start attacking me, as opposed to what good, good people will do is check in and say, ‘ Are you; OKAY?’ “This is what (Republican presidential candidate) Joe Biden did,” Whitmer told CNN’s Ern Burnett on Out Front.
“I think he is telling you everything that is at stake in this election,” he said. “It tells you everything you need to know about the character of the two people on this ballot from which we must choose within a few weeks.”
Trump hit Whitmer later Thursday in a series of tweets, falsely claiming to call him a “White Defender” in his remarks, complaining that he did not like him and saying he was doing a “terrible job” in government.
“Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a tremendous job. She has locked up her situation for everyone except her husband’s rowing activities,” she wrote, urging her in another tweet to “open your state, open your schools and open churches! “
Whitmer said she had asked the White House and Republicans in her state to reduce the level of inflammatory rhetoric that they said had helped spark the alleged conspiracy.
“We know every time this White House recognizes me or shoots me, we see an increase in internet rhetoric, violent rhetoric, and so there is always a connection and it is definitely something we watch. But it has taken it to a whole new level.” said the governor.
He continued: “I raised the issue with this White House and asked them to reduce the heat. “I have asked the leaders, the Republican leaders in the state – to reduce the heat.”
Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly attacked her for the measures, with the president saying on Twitter earlier this year that residents must “liberate” the state.
CNN’s Christina Carrega, Veronica Stracqualursi and Josh Campbell contributed to this report.