In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Friday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer criticized the Trump administration for its response to conspiracists accused of plotting a kidnap of Whitmer.
“I’m not going to waste my time arguing with the president. But I will always hold him accountable. Because when our leaders speak, their words carry weight,” she said.
This week, federal prosecutors charged men who conspired to kidnap Whitmer. The men, who had a history of ties to anti-government, extremist movements, monitored Whitmer’s vacation home and plotted to detonate a bomb as a distraction, according to authorities.
Whitmer said at a press conference following the threat that Trump is “complicit” in extremist violence in the US. An advisor for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign attacked Whitmer in response and said, “If we want to talk about hatred, then Gov. Whitmer, go look in the mirror — the fact that