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Whitmer plot could affect fight for battleground Michigan

Some Republicans worry Trump’s reaction will hurt him in the state on Nov. 3.
Credit: AP
In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. The governor delivered remarks addressing Michiganders after the Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Justice, and FBI announced state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill the governor. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

LANSING, Mich. — The arrest of a group of anti-government vigilantes in a kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presents a new twist in the 2020 political fight for the battleground state. 

The Democratic governor didn't mince words about whom she blamed for the threat. She said President Donald Trump was complicit for “giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division.” 

The speech had the expected impact. Rather than express concern for her, Trump said she had “done a terrible job” and “rather than say thank you, she calls me a white supremacist." 

Some Republicans worry Trump’s reaction will hurt him in the state on Nov. 3.

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