Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden compared the foiled kidnap plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to an Islamic State terrorist attack, blaming President Trump for implicitly encouraging it.
“There is a throughline from President Trump’s dog whistles and tolerance of hate, vengeance, and lawlessness to plots such as this one. He is giving oxygen to the bigotry and hate we see on the march in our country,” Biden said Thursday.
The two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator referenced Trump’s tweets from the spring, when he urged supporters to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” after Whitmer imposed strict, unpopular lockdown measures at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“When protesters with swastikas and Confederate flags, nooses, and assault rifles descended on Michigan’s capitol echoing the president’s own refrain to ‘lock her up,’ President Trump called them ‘very good people,'” he said, comparing Trump’s comments to those he