Trump’s barbs at the Michigan governor, the target of a kidnapping plot, prompted chants of ‘lock her up’ on Saturday.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said Trump’s rhetoric puts her in danger [File: Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press]

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has condemned United States President Donald Trump’s rhetoric towards her at a campaign rally.

The Saturday night barbs, which came at an event in Michigan, included Donald Trump criticising Whitmer’s stringent response to the coronavirus, calling her “dishonest” and appearing to make light of a foiled plot to kidnap the Democratic governor.

Thirteen men, some members of a right-wing armed group, have since been charged in that plot.

“They said she was threatened,” Trump told the crowd. “And she blamed me.

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