'They didn't do anything about it': Whitmer fires back after Trump campaign says she has 'hatred' for the president, claims White House knew about threats and didn't help
Michigan Governor's Office via AP
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer said the Trump administration was aware of the threats against them and had done nothing to lessen their attacks on them.
The FBI said it foiled a six-man plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the state's government.
Jason Miller, a senior advisor on President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, attacked Whitmer after she said Trump was responsible for not condemning white supremacists.
Trump attacked Whitmer in a series of tweets Thursday night.
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Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer fired back after Jason Miller, a senior adviser on President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, attacked her for allegedly telling Trump just hours after the FBI had stopped armed right-wing extremists who were going to to kidnap her.
"If we want to talk about hatred, Governor Whitmer, look in the mirror - the fact that she wakes up to President Trump every day with such hatred in her heart," Miller said on a Fox News appearance.
Whitmer told CNN's Erin Burnett that the government was aware of threats against her and had done nothing to reduce its attacks on her.
"I raised this issue with you (Trump Admin) ... I was aware of many threats against me and my family and asked for your help. You did nothing about it ... Here we are. We are very close to a conspiracy, who was supposed to kidnap and murder me ... "said Whitmer.
Whitmer said Miller's attack "tells you everything you need to know about the characters of the two people on this ballot that we have to choose from in a few weeks."
"You know, the fact that after a plot to kidnap and kill me they come out with it. They start attacking me, contrary to what good, decent people would do by checking in and saying, ' Are you ok? ' - that's what Joe Biden did, "Whitmer told Burnett on Out Front."
Trump has repeatedly attacked the Democratic governor for her response to the coronavirus, as well as her response to protests following the death of George Floyd.
On Thursday, he attacked Whitmer again on Twitter.
"Michigan Governor Whitmer did a terrible job," he tweeted Thursday night. "She closed her state to everyone except her husband's boating activities. The federal government has done tremendous aid to the Great People of Michigan.
"My Department of Justice and federal law enforcement announced today that they have foiled a dangerous plot against the Michigan governor. Instead of thanking me, they call me a white supremacist - while Biden and Democrats refuse to accept antifa, anarchists and looters condemn and mobs burning down democratic cities ... "added Trump.
"I do not tolerate extreme violence," he said in another tweet. "To defend ALL Americans, including those who oppose and attack me, I will always do as your President! Governor Whitmer - open your state, open your schools and open your churches!"
Federal and state officials on Thursday brought charges against a total of thirteen people for allegedly planning to kidnap Whitmer.
An FBI affidavit said the men had turned to members of an armed right-wing militia in Michigan to carry out their plan.
"In early 2020, the FBI became aware through social media that a group of people were discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components. Those identified included Croft and Fox," wrote Richard Trask II, an FBI agent in the affidavit.
After the news, Whitmer said the president was "complicit" for failing to condemn right-wing groups.
"Just last week, the President of the United States stood before the American people refusing to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two militia groups in Michigan," she said in a speech posted to FBI News. “'Stand back and stand by,' he told them. 'Stand back and stand by.' Hate groups heard the president's words not as a rebuke, but as a rally, a call to action. When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight. "
In response to Whitmer's remarks, the White House told Business Insider, "President Trump has consistently condemned white supremacists and all forms of hatred. Governor Whitmer sows division by making these flamboyant allegations. America stands united against hatred and supports our federal law enforcement who stopped this conspiracy. "
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