Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer accused President Donald Trump of fueling and inciting domestic terrorism on Sunday.
Responding to comments Trump made during a rally in Muskeon, Michigan on Saturday, Whitmer told NBC’s Meet the Press, “The president is at it again, and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism. It is wrong. It’s got to end.”
During the rally, Trump criticized Whitmer’s decision to implement coronavirus restrictions, calling the lockdown “draconian” and “unscientific.”
“You got to get your governor to open your state and get your schools open. The schools have to be open, right?” Trump said, proceeding to lead his supporters in a chorus of “lock her up” chants.
“Lock them all up,” he said.
The President’s comments come less than two weeks after Whitmer was targeted in a foiled kidnapping plot by members of the Wolverine Watchmen, an anti-government paramilitary group.
While the group has often been referred to as a militia, they operate more like a domestic terrorist organization due to their penchant for violence. They also have ties to the boogaloo movement, which largely aims to kill and eradicate all government officials and law enforcement officers.
The FBI has since charged 14 men for attempting to kidnap, try, and execute the Michigan governor over her lockdown measures.
Newly released videos show members of the Wolverine Watchmen training at remote camps and even surveilling Whitmer’s vacation home in northern Michigan.
Two of the men involved in the plot to kidnap Whitmer also considered kidnapping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam over his state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a series of tweets in April, the President urged his supporters to “liberate” Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia over their statewide stay-at-home measures, sparking armed protests at the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing and at the Virginia Capitol building in Richmond less than two weeks later.
Since then, Trump has continually urged states to “open up,” despite the growing number of infections and deaths across the country.
“It’s got to end. It is dangerous not just for me and my family but for public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans,” Whitmer said.
“People of goodwill on both sides of the aisle need to step up and call this out and bring the heat down.”