Trump Aide Calls Gretchen Whitmer, Target Of Abduction Plot, A 'Complete Phony'
Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Miller killed Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday, shortly after she spoke to the press, over an alleged Michigan militia conspiracy to kidnap her.
Six men were arrested and charged with conspiracy to kidnap, authorities said Thursday. The alleged venture involved months of planning, firearm training, and even monitoring Whitmer's vacation home, where an FBI affidavit said they intended to catch her and hold a "treason trial."
Whitmer, who has faced repeated attacks by President Donald Trump and his supporters for their COVID-19 mitigation efforts, linked the act of kidnapping to the president's hateful rhetoric and failure to speak out against white supremacists and hate groups.
In an appearance on Fox News, Miller continued the Whitmer bashing, telling anchor Bill Hemmer that while there is no place in American society for such an act of kidnapping, "Governor Whitmer is an outright fake and it's just gross, that they would. Take a unity moment to attack the president. "
“If we want to talk about hatred, Governor Whitmer, look in the mirror. I mean the fact that she wakes up every day with such hatred in her heart for President Trump, ”Miller said.
"President Trump is the one out there who condemns these radical groups, whether they are right or left," he added. Miller then extolled the president's "platinum plan" to win over black Americans by labeling the Ku Klux Klan and anti-fascist groups as terrorist organizations.
Trump has indeed avoided criticizing hate groups who have supported him since he announced his candidacy. Last week, he refused to condemn white supremacists during the first presidential debate and called on the far-right hate group Proud Boys to "stand down and stand by," a message the group hailed as a call to violence.
After the bipartisan response to these statements, Trump finally called Fox News' "Hannity" two days later and said, "I condemn all white supremacists."
"Hate groups heard the president's words not as a reprimand, but as a rally - a call to action," said Whitmer at her press conference on Thursday.
“When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight. When our leaders meet, encourage, or fraternize with local terrorists, they legitimize their actions and are complicit. If they stir up and contribute to hate speech, they are complicit. "
When asked about Miller's remarks, Whitmer said on CNN later Thursday, "It tells you everything you need to know about the White House."
“After a plot to kidnap and kill me, they come out with this. They're attacking me, ”she said. "Contrary to what good, decent people would do, which is check in and say," Are you okay? "- what Joe Biden did. And I think that tells you everything that is at stake in this election."
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