Moments ago, Joe Biden told reporters he and Kamala Harris have spoken to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer today.
Asked if he thought President Trump’s “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” tweet encouraged militias to take action, Biden said “yes I do.”
“Why won’t the president just say ‘stop. Stop, stop, stop.’ And if we will pursue you if you don’t.,” Biden said.
Biden also said “there is no place for hate in America, and both of us have been talking about this for some time…I’ve got to compliment the FBI and the police agencies for what they did, and how they stepped up.”
Whitmer herself also placed blame on Trump, saying “hate groups heard the president’s words as a rallying cry, as a call to action.”
.@GovWhitmer blames disrupted kidnapping plot on Trump telling the Proud Boys to “standback and standby”
"Hate groups heard the president’s words as a rallying cry, as a call to action." pic.twitter.com/AoBPqdRDXP
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 8, 2020