Following the announcement by federal and state officials, Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump’s campaign, criticized the governor for linking Trump’s rhetoric to conspiracy on previous televisions, saying he “wakes up every day with such hatred in his heart.”
“You know, after a conspiracy to kidnap and kill me, this is what they come out with. They start attacking me. Instead of doing what good, decent people do, they check and say, ‘Are you there? Right?’ – This is what (Democratic presidential candidate) Joe Biden did, “Whitmer told CNN’s Erin Burnett about the” out front “.
“I think it tells you everything that is at stake in this election,” he said. “It tells you everything you need to know about the character of the two people on this ballot that we have to choose from in a few weeks.”
Trump later slandered Whitmer in a series of tweets later on Thursday, falsely calling him a “white supremacist” in his comments, saying he did not thank him and that the ruling was doing a “terrible job”.
“Michigan Governor Whitmer has done a terrible job, he has locked up his state for everyone except his husband’s boat riding activities,” she wrote, in another tweet “Open your state, open your schools, open yours” churches! “
Whitmer is said to have asked the White House and Republicans in his state to reduce the level of inflammatory rhetoric.
“Every time this White House recognizes me or takes a look at me we know, we see an increase in rhetorical art online, violent rhetoric, so there’s always been a link, of course this is something we’ve been looking at. But it’s taken it to a whole new level.” The governor said.
He continued: “I have raised this issue with the White House and I have asked them to reduce the heat. I have asked state and Republican leaders – we will reduce the heat.”
She has been repeatedly attacked by Trump and other Republicans for these actions, and earlier this year the president said on Twitter that residents should “liberate” the state.
CNN’s Christina Kareka, Veronica Struqualocci and Josh Campbell contributed to the report.