'It has to stop': Warnings after Trump continues attacks on Michigan governor
Donald Trump has verbally attacked Michigan's governor Gretchen Whitmer, despite warnings about the effect his words can have.
During a rally in the state, Mr Trump called on Ms Whitmer, a Democrat, to axe the remaining restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
He called her "dishonest" and joked about an extremist plot recently uncovered by the FBI to kidnap her, saying: "Hopefully you'll be sending her packing pretty soon".
His words prompted the crowd to chant: "Lock her up!"
Ms Whitmer wrote on Twitter: "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."
Earlier this month, 13 men were charged with plotting to overthrow and kidnap her from her holiday home, with one saying he wanted to try her for "treason".
Ms Whitmer's digital director, Tori Saylor, also urged the president to stop the dangerous words.
She wrote on Twitter: "Every single time the president does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric towards (Ms Whitmer) immediately escalates on social media. It has to stop. It just has to."
Mr Trump did rallies in Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday, two states that were vital to his 2016 win but now seem to be slipping away.
He told undecided and moderate voters that they had a "moral duty" to join the Republican Party, adding that the "Democrat Party you once knew doesn't exist".
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