Pelosi Slams Trump for Using ‘Fear Tactics’ at Michigan Campaign Rally

October 19, 2020by Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference on the introduction of legislation to establish a Commission on Presidential Capacity on Capitol Hill on Oct. 9, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

President Trump is using “fear tactics” to rile up his base, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday.

“The president has to realize that the words of the president of the United States weigh a ton,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And, in our political dialogue, to inject fear tactics into it, especially a woman governor and her family, is so irresponsible.”

Pelosi was discussing Trump’s Saturday rally in Michigan in which he urged attendees to get Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to “open up the state,” prompting chants of “Lock her up!”

“In all fairness to people who listen to him, people think the president is important and what he says should be adhered to,” Pelosi said.

Whitmer was at the center of a failed kidnapping plot revealed earlier this month.

“The biggest antidote to his poison is the vote,” Pelosi said.

Speaking later Sunday, Whitmer accused Trump of inciting “domestic terrorism.”

“It’s incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States, 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial, and execute me … is at it again … inciting this kind of domestic terrorism,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“It is dangerous, not just for me and my family, but for public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans,” she added.

Asked Sunday whether Trump regrets inciting the “lock her up” chant, his senior campaign adviser Stephen Miller said, “No, not at all.”

“The fact of the matter is many residents of Michigan are pretty frustrated with the governor, they want to see the state open back up,” he said on Fox News.

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