"It's incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States - ten days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial and execute me, ten days after that was uncovered - the president is at it again", Whitmer said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
As McDaniel continued to claim Trump's rallygoers were calling for lockdowns to end instead of threatening her, Stephanopoulos noted that Whitmer tends to receive more social media threats whenever Trump attacks her. When the crowd starting chanting "lock her up" Trump added, "Lock 'em all up".
Tweeted Whitmer in response: "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".
On Saturday, Trump said to thousands of rally goers, "You gotta get your governor to open up your state, and get your schools to open". Whitmer has been a target of Trump's ire for months, but he has been renewing his attacks on her ever since she tied his rhetoric to the recently-foiled militia plot to kidnap and murder her. I see everything that is said about and to her online. "I think Governor Whitmer is really inappropriate to try to lay blame at the president".
Trump touted the role of federal authorities in stopping the alleged plot before urging them to focus more on leftwing extremists: "I have to tell you something: Our FBI has to start looking at antifa, and they have to start looking at some people they are not looking at like they should be". "It just has to", she said.
After slamming Trump campaign senior adviser Lara Trump on her "obviously unfounded, inappropriate" remark that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is experiencing a cognitive decline while appearing on CNN earlier Sunday morning, Coons said he also found her defense of the President encouraging "lock her up" chants against Whitmer to be "particularly troubling", given the alleged right-wing conspiracy that the Federal Bureau of Investigation foiled earlier this month.
Ronna McDaniel said it was "inappropriate" for Whitmer to blame Trump for putting her in harm's way, in an interview on ABC's "This Week". "Look, the president was at a rally". "And, in our political dialogue, to inject fear tactics into it, especially a woman governor and her family, is so irresponsible".
"(Lara Trump's) comment was: "he was just having fun.