President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Norton Shores, Mich, on Saturday. Photo: AP
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Trump blasts Michigan Gov Whitmer; crowd chants 'lock her up'

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By Jeff Mason and Michael Martina

U.S. President Donald Trump, who played down the coronavirus pandemic from its onset, criticized Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Saturday for her policies to curb the outbreak, drawing shouts of "lock her up" from a rally crowd.

Trump made the remarks during the first stop of a three-day trip through critical swing states, some of which he won in 2016 but that polls show are supporting Democratic rival Joe Biden this year.

The president held large rallies in Wisconsin and Michigan despite rising coronavirus cases in both states. Supporters who attended the rallies did not maintain social distance. Some wore masks, some did not.

At a rally in Muskegon, Michigan, Trump targeted Whitmer several times, criticizing the state’s rules to stop the spread of coronavirus, calling her “dishonest,” and making light of a right-wing plot uncovered by the FBI to kidnap her.

"They said she was threatened," Trump said. "And she blamed me." The president has been critical of Whitmer, who was a candidate to be Biden's vice presidential nominee, for months.

“Hopefully you’ll be sending her packing pretty soon,” Trump said.

The crowd's chant of "Lock her up!" referring to Whitmer reprised the chants that Trump supporters often direct at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016.

Whitmer responded on Twitter to the episode. "This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans," she wrote.

Lee Chatfield, the Republican speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, also commented on Twitter: "Trump didn’t chant 'lock her up' about our Governor. But others did and it was wrong. She was literally just targeted. Let’s debate differences. Let’s win elections. But not that."

Michigan added 1,791 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the state's seven-day total to over 10,000 cases, a new record, according to the state's health department. Wisconsin reported 3,861 new COVID cases on Friday, also a new record. Trump won both states four years ago but is behind Biden in them this year.

Biden, a former vice president, has hammered Trump for his response to the pandemic, which has killed more than 219,000 people in the United States, the highest death toll in the world. He said in a statement on Saturday he planned to unite the country to fight the virus if he wins.

"All President Trump is offering the people of Michigan is more lies and distractions — no plan to get the virus under control, no strategy for pulling our economy out of this recession, no vision for uniting the country," Biden said.

'INSECURITY AND ENVY'

His campaign called Trump's remarks about Whitmer "toxic attacks", and said his conduct "reflects his own insecurity and envy of Governor Whitmer's respected record of leadership in a time of crisis."

Trump sought to turn Biden's criticism around on Saturday by saying that his rival would impede the recovery from the outbreak.

"Biden will shut down the country, delay the vaccine and prolong the pandemic," Trump said at both rallies.

Trump's advisers have long seen Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as Pennsylvania, as key to his chances of re-election. The president is also playing defense in traditional Republican strongholds, including Arizona, where he plans to campaign on Monday, and Georgia, where he campaigned on Friday night.

He plans to campaign in Nevada, a state Clinton won in 2016, on Sunday.

Trump lags in opinion polls and the latest figures from his campaign show he is also trailing in fundraising as the race intensifies. Early voting is shattering records, with more than 26 million Americans having already cast ballots.

Biden, who has stepped up travel in recent weeks after keeping a reduced schedule because of the pandemic, remained in his home state of Delaware on Saturday.

His running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, is also eschewing travel for a few days after an aide came down with COVID-19.

Harris, speaking on Saturday during a virtual fundraiser, said Trump had exhibited a “reckless disregard for human life” in his response to the pandemic.

She said a Biden-Harris administration would have a vaccine distribution plan that takes into account “the long-standing and most evident racial disparities that have wreaked havoc on particular communities.”

U.S. presidential elections are determined by electoral votes, allotted to U.S. states and territories based largely on their populations, rather than a tally of the popular vote nationwide. Candidates must secure 270 out of 538 electoral votes to win.

Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes, Michigan has 16 and Arizona has 11. Nevada has six electoral votes.

Trump, who usually avoids wearing a mask, repeated on Saturday that the country is turning the corner on the disease, shortly after the number of U.S. cases crossed 8 million, rising by 1 million in less than a month.

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Desperately trying to reboot the greatest hits of 2016.

Not surprised he'd mock Whitmer, for a moment, a strong women was in the spotlight, which he and his base doesn't like.

It's not surprising, with his violent rhetoric and nonsense about his opponenst (perceived or otherwise), that the plot was hatched.

Like any other would be dictator, it's all about riling up the fans and creating havoc.

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Whitmer has shown herself to be one of the worst offending Democrat governors who was responsible for returning covid positive cases back into nursing homes, devastating them. Her draconian disregard for citizen's rights has made her quite unpopular.

And President Trump's energy level is superhuman. Just 10 days ago he beat Corona like a champ over a weekend while Sleepy Joe was, well, sleeping. Now he's in 2 states in 1 day doing rallies.

The Supreme Court will soon be 6-3 conservative judges and I like the chances of a second term despite the same poll scare tactics of '16.

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has hammered Trump for his response to the pandemic, which has killed more than 219,000 people in the United States, the highest death toll in the world. 

Under Trump's watch the pandemic continues to devastate the health, lives and financial well-being of the general population.

While Trump's fellow 'elite' get richer and like Trump and family use their wealth to access the best healthcare the country has.

Not surprising that while Trump's rallying the virus continues to harm the country. Especially those in Trump's base heeding the advice given by Qanon, 'foreign' troll armies and other Trump-backing wack sources.

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Stupid is as stupid does.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

Dems are insistent to force the most corrupt and unlikable candidates they can find down the throat of the American people.

-17 ( +3 / -20 )

All I ever hear coming out of Trump's mouth is crap about the democrats this, or Biden that, and absolutely NOTHING about what his plans are for the future, at least next 4 years, in America.

I get the feeling he doesnt even know, and just wants to win for winning sake, and not for any reason to truly make America better.

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Blacklabel:. Dems are insistent to force the most corrupt

Shhhhhh. We have been silencing you. Deep state, the media, social media, all kicking your arse.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

Don't ask Trump what he'll do for the country. Ask what he's doing for himself. Promises to leave the country if he loses and retire to his new planned golf course in Aberdeenshire, when built will kill off the local wild life.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Dems are insistent to force the most corrupt and unlikable candidates they can find down the throat of the American people.

And you'd call Trump what? An angel? Oh right, obfuscate and deflect from the reality that trump is the definition of corrupt and unlikeable!

7 ( +11 / -4 )

What an intellectually impaired crowd.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

Dems are insistent to force the most corrupt and unlikable candidates they can find down the throat of the American people.

Not unlike our old, antiquated system which forced upon us Trump, who actually lost the popular vote. Irony, you do it so well, Black.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

trump is projecting what’ll happen to him soon.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Not unlike our old, antiquated system which forced upon us Trump, who actually lost the popular vote. Irony, you do it so well, Black.

Literally every last thing they whine about these days is something they've actually done themselves.

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Super-Spreader in Chief goes to the hot spots of the pandemic to make a bad situation worse.

Thousands of unmasked rubes packed shoulder to shoulder.

Spreading unhinged conspiracies in addition to corona.

ITs all for naught. The same amongst us see him for the narcissistic sociopath that he is . If the election ends as it stands today, and there is no evidence of any kind to suggest things will change radically, Biden gets 356 EC votes.

In january, a restored and independent DOJ Will begin the long process of doing what the inveribrate Eunuchs of the TOP Senate would not: namely holding him to account for his crimes.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Dear :O= President Trump, we will pay for your ticket to leave even earlier, family included. The last we heard, N Korea will take you :'‑)

6 ( +10 / -4 )

“Hopefully you’ll be sending her packing pretty soon,” Trump said.

We know for sure who’ll be sent packing soon.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

lock her up

I remember his crowds making whooping noises when he said ‘Pocahontas’.

It was like planet of the apes.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Trump 2020. Keep America great!

220k dead, civil unrest, loss of international standing, mistrust, broken promises, lies and political (and family) cronysim. The most corrupt, scandal ridden administration.

No thanks.

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I don’t mind Whitmer. She just is helping Trump to win Michigan the more illegal lockdowns she gets overruled.

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I don’t mind Whitmer. She just is helping Trump to win Michigan the more illegal lockdowns she gets overruled.

Lololol totally, that's why he's way, way up in the polls there, huh?

You also don't mind, so that's why you're whining about her.

Im totally buying that. :D

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Incredible that there are still people willing to aid and abet Trump. With him gone all the trolls will be neutered. I guess their jobs will be over

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Michigan is more than a few rabid klansmen.

If anything it has shown Americans what trump’s fraternizing with the racists will resulted in.

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bobToday  01:10 pm JST

Whitmer has shown herself to be one of the worst offending Democrat governors who was responsible for returning ...

Whatever. Spare the campaign rhetoric for people who can vote.

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Trump said this year was bad, the worse one with the deficit running at $3.5 trillion, and rising. But next year, will be a great one. Especially if he's gone from the WH.

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Dems are insistent to force the most corrupt and unlikable candidates they can find down the throat of the American people.

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say what!? Trump administration so far 215 criminal indictments , the most of any president in 60yrs.

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/jan/09/facebook-posts/many-more-criminal-indictments-under-trump-reagan-/

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When Trump took office, the national debt was $19 trillion. Today it's $27 trillion.

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How could any self-respecting woman support a woman-hating incel like 45? Ugly is as ugly sez and does, a lesson Trump and his trolls will soon be taught by America's suburban housewives and women of all colors and creeds who know a shallow creep when they see one.

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In the Michigan Kidnapper Militia case, much like the Bundy occupation in Oregon, a contributing problem was a rogue sheriff helping to justify their kook plans. One of Michigans 80 some sheriffs, Dar Leaf, has been quoted that it is alright to make a citizens arrest on people commiting a felony. The militia yokels hear that and it pushes them closer to the brink. Fortunately the sane sheriffs have stepped in to say you should never attempt a citizens arrest of politicians who have their own police guard detail.

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Trump blasts Michigan governor Whitmer; crowd chants 'lock her up'

What a disgusting display by this Moron and a disgusting display by his blinded supporters...

Maybe they were going to televise live the Governor's kidnapping, sham trial, and execution by his far-right militia on the large monitor at this Trump rally - and watch Trump and his supporters cheer and chant their approval....

Really, are we that far from the Nazi rallies of the late 1930's?

This is absolutely nuts....fascism to the core....

And the majority of Americans living outside the tiny far-right bubble see it as exactly that...and will vote this crazed fascist out in a landslide in two weeks...

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Feel the tolerance..

As many supporters of Trump are POC, you might want to check your language, Jimizo.

Guessing that he was referring to the majority white crowd who lap up Trump's bigotry - that they behaved like the oppressors in that movie.

And it's typically disingenuous of the far right to claim they care about racism after the fact.

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Trump blasts Michigan governor Whitmer; crowd chants 'lock her up'

And Trump wonders why suburban educated women are abandoning him in droves....

Railing against a women that was the victim of a domestic terrorist plot to kidnap and execute her - and he and his sheep chant "lock her up"....

Keep it up for another two weeks Donald - even Melania and Ivanka will be voting for Biden....

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Guessing that he was referring to the majority white crowd who lap up Trump's bigotry - that they behaved like the oppressors in that movie.

And it's typically disingenuous of the far right to claim they care about racism after the fact.

and you still haven't given one shred of evidence that Trump is racist...

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Railing against a women that was the victim of a domestic terrorist plot to kidnap and execute her - and he and his sheep chant "lock her up"....

Indeed. That kind of reaction... well, it's not entirely dissimilar to the kind of men that punish women for being victims. The kind of "justice" that the far right normally rail against.

Every day Trump and his base manage to sink to new levels of depravity and illogic.

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and you still haven't given one shred of evidence that Trump is racist...

Not renting apartments to people because they are black is pretty decent evidence someone is racist.

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and you still haven't given one shred of evidence that Trump is racist...

Well, bless my bivalves!

Just because racists refuse to believe that they're racist, doesn't mean they're not.

Same goes to posters who repeatedly dismiss and pretend that Trump's racism doesn't exist.

Great way to derail, though. We're all going to clam up now.

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This really has to end. Please America, make sure to vote and put this guy out of office. We can’t stand another four years of this.

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Not renting apartments to people because they are black is pretty decent evidence someone is racist.

already de-bunked a million times including once more today on a previous thread.

Next..

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

As pointed out earlier, since you are bringing this up on several threads - the racism has been well documented online, in print, on tape and on television. Myself and many other posters have brought this up over the years. Countless times. Given the links, citations, quotes and evidence.

And every time, the far right dismiss it, despite said evidence. They goad posters to reiterate and research, to repeat themselves. Just so they can be dismissed again.

And of course, the posts detailing bigotry and examples of are deleted, or the thread is closed.

The very next day, the whole merry-go-round starts up again.

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already de-bunked a million times including once more today on a previous thread.

Nope.

Federal investigators also gathered evidence. Trump employees had secretly marked the applications of minorities with codes, such as “No. 9” and “C” for “colored,” according to government interview accounts filed in federal court.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-the-governments-racial-bias-case-against-donald-trumps-company-and-how-he-fought-it/2016/01/23/fb90163e-bfbe-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html

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No. What happens is those obsessed with calling everyone they don't agree with as racists call everyone racist. They do it for 2 reasons. Number one is they hope it intimidates people into silence. Number 2 is it gives them a false sense of superiority.

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Nope.

Federal investigators also gathered evidence. Trump employees had secretly marked the applications of minorities with codes, such as “No. 9” and “C” for “colored,” according to government interview accounts filed in federal court.

Thats interesting. Can you now reveal if the Trumps were found guilty?

I'll wait...

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Under Trump's watch the pandemic continues to devastate the health, lives and financial well-being of the general population. 

It will be far worse under Biden, that’s a guarantee.

While Trump's fellow 'elite' get richer

Not nearly as rich as the über-liberal tech, Hollywood and people in Academia as well as the media overwhelmingly, they got Republicans beat 5-1. And Biden of all people is smiling because he and his family know their voters are smart, but dumb at the same time.

Not surprising that while Trump's rallying the virus continues to harm the country.

So when will these elitist band of liberal governors and mayors do their job and do the right thing by reopening the country?

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