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Two top campaign staffers for President Trump defended his encouragement of “lock her up” chants against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a Saturday night rally held in her state.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Lara Trump, the wife of presidential son Eric Trump and a senior advisor on the Trump campaign, argued that the “lock her up” chants used against Whitmer were not meant to cause any harm to the Democratic governor who, less than two weeks ago, was targeted in a kidnapping plot thwarted by the FBI.
“He wasn’t doing anything, I don’t think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all,” she said. “He was having fun at a Trump rally. And quite frankly, there are bigger issues than this right now for everyday Americans. People want to get the country reopened … So I think people are frustrated. Look, the president was at a rally. It’s a fun, light atmosphere. Of course he wasn’t encouraging people to threaten this woman.”
“I don’t think ‘lock her up’ is fun,” CNN host Jake Tapper said.
Lara Trump said that it was “ridiculous” to suggest that Trump was inciting violence against the governor and stated that it was “the president’s Department of Justice that actually thwarted this attack against Gretchen Whitmer.”
“No one should ever feel threatened, no one should ever have this thing happen to them,” she added. “This was awful to happen to her.”
When asked if the President should tone down his rhetoric against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Trump campaign senior adviser Lara Trump says, “He wasn’t doing anything, I don’t think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all. He was having fun at a Trump rally” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/Hm9GIWeH5d
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) October 18, 2020
Jason Miller, a senior advisor on the Trump campaign, made an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” where he stated that the president had no regrets about his rhetoric against Whitmer.
“I think the fact of the matter is many residents of Michigan are pretty frustrated with the governor,” he said, and that “they want to see the state open back up.”
On Saturday, President Trump told a crowd at a rally in Muskegon, Michigan that Whitmer needed to remove the state’s coronavirus restrictions, which led to them repeating the now-infamous “lock her up” chants which were also directed toward Hillary Clinton in 2016.
While also attacking Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Trump responded to the crowd by saying “lock ’em all up,” which led Whitmer to take to Twitter on Saturday to explain why such language is harmful and created an unsafe situation for her family.
“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,” Whitmer tweeted. “It needs to stop.”
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Source:: Business Insider