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Michigan governor says Trump's words inspire extremists

Governor Gretchen Whitmer photo
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Hours after police foiled an alleged plot to kidnap her, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer argued in a speech Thursday that President Donald Trump's words had been a "rallying cry" for extremists. Whitmer, a Democrat, said the Republican president has spent the last seven months of the coronavirus pandemic "denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust, fomenting anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division." She singled out Trump's debate comments, when he didn't condemn white supremacist groups and told one far-right extremist group to "stand back and stand by." Trump criticized Whitmer's remarks, saying she should thank him because federal authorities foiled the plot.