Lara Trump on Sunday defended calls for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to be locked up that came during a rally for her father-in-law, President Donald Trump on Saturday. She claimed the calls had “nothing to do with” a recent kidnapping plot against Whitmer and that Trump was merely having fun.
“He wasn’t doing anything, I don’t think, to provoke people to threaten this woman, at all,” Lara Trump, who serves as a senior Trump campaign adviser, said of the president on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He was having fun at a Trump rally. And quite frankly, there are bigger issues than this.”
Her dismissal of the chants came hours after a crowd of Trump supporters in Michigan called for the governor to be locked up in response to the state’s handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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" #CNNSOTUpic.twitter.com/Hm9GIWeH5d— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) October 18, 2020
“You’ve got to get your governor to open up your state, OK? And get your schools open. Get your schools open. The schools have to be open, right?” Trump told the crowd as some in the group began chanting, “Lock her up!”
Trump appeared to laugh at the chant. He added: “Lock ’em all up.”
Whitmer, who authorities said was the victim of a foiled armed abduction by Trump-supporting militia members earlier this month, emphasised the seriousness of the president’s behaviour, declaring on Twitter shortly after the incident: “It needs to stop.”
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. It needs to stop. https://t.co/EWkNQx3Ppx— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October...