Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer slammed President Donald Trump during a press conference on Thursday, linking the recently uncovered kidnapping plot against her to the President.
Six men were arrested by the FBI in connection with the plot to kidnap and murder Whitmer, all men having been monitored by Special Agents as they had been planning multiple plans which sought to overthrow the Government of Michigan and remove Whitmer from office. An affidavit detailing the nefarious plot was released to the public on Thursday.
"Our head of state has spent the past seven months stoking distrust, fomenting anger, and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division," stated Whitmer at a Thursday Press Conference.
"Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups. Stand back and stand by, he told them."
The comment Whitmer is referencing relates to the Proud Boys, as Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace to denounce them. The FBI has not stated the men involved in the kidnapping plot were members of Proud Boys.
Following the governor's comments, Donald Trump blasted Whitmer on social media, stating, “Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities."
Trump then took some responsibility for the thwarting of the kidnapping and assassination plot, stating "The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan. My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan.”
The President went on to note that he did not condone any violence, and demanded Whitmer to end the controversial lockdowns she has imposed in Michigan.
“I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President! Governor Whitmer—open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches,” Trump concluded.