Whitmer fires back after Trump campaign says she has ‘hatred’ for the president, claims White House knew about threats and didn’t help



Gretchen Whitmer looking at the camera: Michigan Office of the Governor via AP


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Michigan Office of the Governor via AP

  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the Trump administration was aware of threats against her, and did nothing to reduce their attacks on her.
  • The FBI said it foiled a plot by six men to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the state’s government.
  • Jason Miller, a senior advisor for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign attacked Whitmer after she said Trump was responsible for not condemning white supremacists. 
  • Trump attacked Whitmer in a series of tweets on Thursday night. 
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer fired back after Jason Miller, a senior advisor for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, attacked her for reportedly hating Trump just hours after the FBI said it had stopped armed right-wing extremists who were plotting to kidnap her.

“If we want to talk about hatred, then Gov. Whitmer, go look in the mirror — the fact that she wakes up every day with such hatred in her heart for President Trump,” Miller said in a Fox News appearance.

Whitmer told CNN’s Erin Burnett that the administration was aware of threats made against her, and did nothing to reduce their attacks on her.

“I have raised this issue with them (Trump Admin)… I was aware of a lot of the threats being made against me and my family and I asked for their help. They didn’t do anything about it…Here we are. We are very close to a plot that was to kidnap me and to murder…” Whitmer said

Whitmer said that Miller’s attack “tells you everything you need to know about the character of the two people on this ballot that we have to choose from in a few weeks.”

“You know, the fact that after a plot to kidnap and to kill me, this is what they come out with. They start attacking me, as opposed to what good, decent people would do is to check-in and say, ‘Are you OK?’ — which is what Joe Biden did,” Whitmer told Burnett on “Out Front.”

Trump has repeatedly attacked the Democratic governor for her coronavirus response as well as her response to protests following the death of George Floyd.

He again attacked Whitmer on Twitter on Thursday.

“Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job,” he tweeted Thursday night. “She locked down her state for everyone, except her husband’s boating activities. The Federal Government provided tremendous help to the Great People of Michigan.

“My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement announced…today that they foiled a dangerous plot against the Governor of Michigan. Rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist—while Biden and Democrats refuse to condemn Antifa, Anarchists, Looters and Mobs that burn down Democrat run cities…” Trump added.

“I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence,” he said in yet another tweet. “Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack

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Trump held indoor fundraiser after WH knew Hope Hicks had COVID-19

  • President Donald Trump attended an indoor fundraiser in New Jersey after White House officials learned his adviser, Hope Hicks, had tested positive for COVID-19, multiple reports said.
  • According to CBS News, a small group of officials knew on Wednesday evening that Hicks had tested positive.
  • Trump attended the indoor fundraiser at his golf club around 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday.
  • It’s unclear when Trump himself learned that Hicks had tested positive and if he knew of her test result before traveling to the fundraiser.
  • The president told Fox News around 9 p.m. EDT Thursday that he got tested for the virus and was awaiting results. Bloomberg News broke the news about Hicks’ diagnosis about an hour earlier.
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President Donald Trump attended an indoor fundraiser with his supporters on Thursday even after White House officials knew that his adviser, Hope Hicks, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, CNN and CBS News reported.

CBS News’ Weijia Jiang tweeted that Hicks tested positive on Wednesday, and that White House aides knew about this by Wednesday evening. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins tweeted that “a small group” of White House officials “were aware” of Hicks’ positive test by Thursday morning.

Trump attended a roundtable and fundraiser at his New Jersey golf club at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday. It is not clear if he wore a mask or practiced social distancing at the events. The coronavirus typically spreads via droplets from an infected person, and a majority of infections occur indoors.

Bloomberg News first reported Thursday evening that Hicks had tested positive for the virus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19. Shortly after, around 9 p.m. EDT, Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that both he and First Lady Melania Trump had just been tested and were awaiting results.

The president tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. EDT Friday that he and Melania had tested positive and “will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.”

According to CNN, Hicks was feeling symptomatic as early as Wednesday, when she traveled mask-less with the president and several White House and campaign aides to Minnesota for an indoor fundraiser and an outdoor rally.

She also traveled to Tuesday’s presidential debate in Ohio with Trump, his aides, and several family members aboard Air Force One on Tuesday.

Hicks was pictured not wearing a mask, and the president’s advisers and family — including Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump, Laura Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Kimberly Guilfoyle — were also mask-less for at least some if not the whole time during the debate.

CNN’s Collins reported that Hicks “started to quarantine” on Wednesday when she felt symptoms, but that it’s not clear what that means because “there’s not a lot of room” on Air Force One.

The White House has said that its policy during the pandemic is that every morning, anyone who arrives to meet with the president is tested.

It’s not clear if the president was tested when Hicks and other White House officials

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They knew they had COVID-19, but some college students threw a large house party anyway


It stands to reason you probably wouldn’t throw a large house party if you tested positive for COVID-19. But that wasn’t the case for some students at Miami University of Ohio.

When Oxford police arrived to break up a large house party hosted by students over Labor Day weekend, officers discovered one student had tested positive for COVID-19 and been ordered to quarantine a week prior. Bodycam video from the Oxford Police Department shows several students sitting on the porch, unmasked, drinking and listening to music, according to report from WOIO.


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“How many people are in the house? Twenty people inside? You might want to start clearing out, please,” one officer ordered the students.

After running one student’s identification, an officer calls him over.



“I’ve never seen this before, there’s an input on the computer that said you tested positive for COVID?” The officer asked the student. The student then informed the officer that everyone at the party has coronavirus.

“How many other people have COVID?” the officer asked.

“They all do,” the student answered, gesturing to other roommates.


After the incident, police fined the six men in the house and a guest $500 each.

“This particular case is egregious, but

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White House tries to dismiss Trump’s admission that he knew Covid-19 was deadly and downplayed it

The White House insists Donald Trump has “never lied to the American public” about coronavirus after the President gave veteran journalist Bob Woodward a series of interviews where he said the pandemic was deadly while playing it down in public.



a man wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony and meeting with the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti in the Oval Office of the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony and meeting with the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti in the Oval Office of the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Responding for the first time to the recordings made by Woodward for his book “Rage,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday Trump was merely looking to convey calm when he publicly downplayed the virus while privately acknowledging its severity.

“When you are facing insurmountable challenges, it’s important to express confidence and express calm,” she said.

“The President was expressing calm and his actions reflect that,” she said, adding later: “The President has always been clear-eyed with the American people.”

In the recordings, Trump is heard telling Woodward: “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

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