Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer slammed President Trump for downplaying the alleged kidnapping plot against her, accusing him of stoking a "mob mentality" toward public officials.
"I don't think it's funny," she said of Mr. Trump's rhetoric during an interview with CBS News on Wednesday. "And anyone who thinks it's funny has a real twisted sense of what humor is." Whitmer spoke with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett for this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast, which will air in full on Friday.
During a rally in Lansing, Michigan, on Tuesday, Mr. Trump blasted Whitmer for imposing stay-at-home orders earlier in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the president first mentioned the Michigan governor's name, the crowd began chanting, "lock her up." Mr. Trump responded, "I don't comment on that because every time, if I make just even a little bit of a nod, they say, 'the president led them on.' Now, I don't have to lead you on." Mr. Trump also said of the alleged plot against Whitmer, "Maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn't."election and Biden's prospects for winning her state. Mr. Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016.
Whitmer says she believes Biden will win Michigan, but cautioned that "we're not taking anything for granted." She noted that people were voting early in person and by absentee in the state, with 2.2 million ballots already received.
"The historic turnout I think we're going to see is really good news for Joe Biden," Whitmer said.
She also argued that the enthusiasm for Biden matches enthusiasm for the president. Unlike Mr. Trump's large, crowded events, where there is limited social distancing and few people wear facial coverings, she said the Biden campaign is holding events like drive-in rallies that keep attendees safe.
"I see a lot of enthusiasm for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris," Whitmer said. "I do think that the enthusiasm will be revealed in the sheer number of people that are coming out to vote."