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Trump criticizes Whitmer for saying his rhetoric encouraged men charged with kidnapping attempt

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On Fox News Thursday night, President Donald Trump criticized Governor Gretchen Whitmer for saying his rhetoric makes him “complicit” with those accused of plotting to kidnap the governor.

“You know I see Whitmer today she’s complaining but it was our Justice Department that arrested the people that she was complaining about. It was my Justice Department that arrested them.”

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In a press conference Thursday, Whitmer said, “Our head of state has spent the past seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust, fomenting anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division.”

In April, Trump tweeted in support of liberating Michigan.

He doubled down his criticism again Thursday on Twitter, accusing Whitmer of doing a "terrible job," calling on her to "open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches."

Churches have been open in Michigan since May, and many schools returned to face-to-face learning in the fall. Others chose a hybrid or online method.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called the the alleged plot..."heinous." Biden accused the president of "giving oxygen to the bigotry and hate."

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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