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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday echoed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s assertions that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is dangerous and incites violence.
Whitmer was the target of a foiled kidnapping attempt last week. The FBI said the agency has arrested a group of militia members on charges of suspicion to plot to kidnap and hold her hostage. The men behind the foiled attempt had been monitoring Whitmer’s vacation home and building bombs, according to the FBI.
Following news of the attempted kidnapping, Trump had not denounced the men allegedly behind the attack but tore into the governor, saying she’s “done a terrible job.”
“She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities,” he tweeted.
Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities. The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan. My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
Trump at a campaign rally on Saturday again criticized Whitmer for issuing executive orders meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus in Michigan. The crowd responded by chanting “lock her up,” a phrase first chanted by Trump supporters during the 2016 presidential election and in reference to Hillary Clinton.
“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” Whitmer said in response to Trump’s Saturday rally. “It needs to stop.”
Pelosi backed her up Sunday, characterizing Trump’s language as “irresponsible.”
“The president has to realize that words of the president of the United States weigh a ton. And in our political dialogue, to inject fear tactics into it — especially a woman governor and her family — is so irresponsible,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.”
JUST IN: Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos Trump’s rhetoric at Michigan rally was “irresponsible.”
“The president has to realize that words of the president of the United States weigh a ton … the biggest antidote to his poison is the vote.” https://t.co/qdyRUdx4xE pic.twitter.com/KDp2DiwMVp
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 18, 2020
“And in all fairness to people who listen to him, people think the president is important and what he says should be adhered to,” she …read more
Source:: Business Insider