House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared this morning on ABC’s The Week with George Stephanopoulos, who was the moderator of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent town hall.
At the beginning of the interview he brought up yesterday’s Michigan Trump rally and Gov. Whitmer’s response to President Trump and his criticism of her leadership, which led to chants of “lock her up.”
Pelosi responded, “The president has to realize that the words of the president of the United States weigh a ton and, in our political dialogue, to inject fear tactics into it, especially a woman governor and her family, is so irresponsible.”
JUST IN: Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos Trump’s rhetoric at Michigan rally was “irresponsible.”— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 18, 2020
“The president has to realize that words of the president of the United States weigh a ton … the biggest antidote to his poison is the vote.” https://t.co/qdyRUdx4xE pic.twitter.com/KDp2DiwMVp
“In all fairness to people who listen to him, people think the president is important and what he says should be adhered to,” Pelosi continued, although there was no suggestion of violence beyond a response through the criminal justice system from Trump at last night’s rally.
Pelosi concluded by mentioning the upcoming election and said, “So we have this horrible situation, but the people have awakened to him, 26 million people already voting, the biggest antidote to his poison is the vote.”
When asked today whether Trump regrets inciting the “lock her up” chant, his senior campaign adviser Stephen Miller said on Fox News, “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,” Miller added.
When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union this morning if Trump should “tone it down,” President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump insisted, “He wasn’t doing anything, I don’t think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all, he was having fun at a Trump Rally.”
Lara Trump added, “The president was at a rally. It’s a fun, light atmosphere. Of course he wasn’t encouraging people to threaten this woman. That’s ridiculous.”
Tapper was not happy with the answer and interjected his own opinion, saying, “Well I don’t think ‘lock her up’ is fun, but let’s move on.”
Lara Trump's defense of Trump repeatedly ginning up "lock her up!" chants direct toward Gretchen Whitmer is pure whataboutism: "Well gosh, I'd like to show people my social media & the threats against me, the threats against my children… [Trump] was having fun at a Trump rally" pic.twitter.com/YZIhIUt5cA— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 18, 2020
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