(WXYZ) — In the wake of the thwarted plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, state leaders are calling out President Trump's inability to denounce white supremacy and its possible connection to domestic terrorism.
Thursday night, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II took to twitter in response to the president's tweets saying Whitmer's "done a terrible job."
"Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job. She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities," President Trump tweeted. "The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan. My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced...today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan. Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities..."
- Photo shows two suspects in alleged kidnapping plot targeting Governor Whitmer inside Michigan Capitol
Gilchrist tweeted blatantly: "Just stop. Enough is enough. You are a threat to the safety of every American."
Just stop. Enough is enough. You are a threat to the safety of every American. https://t.co/ajZypM9320— Garlin Gilchrist II (@LtGovGilchrist) October 9, 2020
A few of the men arrested in the kidnapping plot were photographed were frequently seen at local demonstrations, including at a rally in protest of Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order held in Grand Rapids last May.
They’re not “militias.” They’re domestic terrorists endangering and intimidating their fellow Americans. Words matter.— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October 9, 2020
After doubling down on her assertion that President Donald Trump is complicit in extremist behavior during a GMA interview Friday morning, the governor tweeted the men behind the plot were not a militia, but "domestic terrorists endangering and intimidating their fellow Americans."
“These are the types of things you hear from ISIS. This is not a militia, this is a domestic terror organization,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she was briefed about a security threat to kidnap her a couple weeks ago. https://t.co/Tk7r6aq94M pic.twitter.com/WU7j10xhNi— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 9, 2020
The Lt. Governor joined 7 Action News This Morning for an interview on the aftermath of the kidnapping plot and President Trump's response. Watch the full interview below: